Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow

Roads and Maritime Services is planning a future upgrade of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow to reduce the impact of flooding and improve connectivity.

The project would raise the height of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow to provide a more reliable connection during certain flood events.

Updates and announcements

You are invited to comment on the review of environmental factors (REF) for the upgrade of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow.

More information is available in the August 2019 Community Update (PDF, 7.86Mb).

View or download the REF document and frequently asked questions (PDF, 61.1Kb).

You can email a submission to TestersHollow@rms.nsw.gov.au or write to:

  • Roads and Maritime Services
    Testers Hollow Project Team
    Locked Bag 2030
    Newcastle NSW 2300

All submissions must be received by 5pm on 17 September 2019.

Project background

Cessnock Road is an important regional transport route that connects the Maitland area with the Hunter Expressway and broader community.

The road is subject to flooding at Testers Hollow, which affects local residents, commuters and freight in the surrounding area. Severe weather events can close Cessnock Road, resulting in social, economic and maintenance costs.

The Australian Government has announced $15 million and the NSW Government has announced $2 million for the upgrade at Testers Hollow, subject to a final business case.

Project benefits

The project would:

  • Reduce the frequency, duration and impact of flood events along Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow
  • Improve connectivity between the Maitland area, Hunter Expressway and broader community during flood events
  • Reduce flood-related social, economic and maintenance costs
  • Provide better conditions for on-road cyclists
  • Improve safety and reduce hazards.

Community engagement

We will continue working with the community and stakeholders during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impacts

Next steps

At the end of the consultation period, Roads and Maritime will prepare a submissions report, which includes feedback received from the community and our responses.

We will upload the report to this project webpage in the coming months.


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