Vineyard road improvements to include cycleway
Work is progressing on the Hermitage and Broke Road Upgrade project, which will provide a crucial road upgrade in the heart of wine country region, with construction now well underway.
The project received $16.7 million in funding under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions program, which aims to support regional and rural NSW communities affected by mining by addressing infrastructure constraints, and will be jointly delivered by Cessnock City Council and Singleton Council.
Member for the Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP, said he was impressed with the progress of the first stage of the project.
“These cycle ways, which have been funded by the Resources for Region program, are an important link for our tourism industry,” Mr Johnsen said.
“This work forms part of the Cessnock and Singleton Council’s masterplan for the further development of Australia’s premier wine region.”
Cessnock City Council’s Design Delivery Manager Katrina Kerr said the current works involved the reconstruction of the western end of Broke Road, extending to and including the upgrade of its intersection with Hermitage Road.
“The intersection upgrade will improve road user safety and visibility, allowing for protected right turns into Hermitage Road,” Ms Kerr said.
“This current stage of works involves widening the road with a new pavement, as well as construction of the new cycleway.”
Economic Development Manager at Cessnock City Council, Jane Holdsworth, said the introduction of a cycleway will provide positive new offerings for visitors to the region.
“Over recent years, Australia has seen a significant growth in bicycle ownership and use, with many people becoming increasingly aware of the convenience, enjoyment and widespread health and environmental benefits of cycling,” Ms Holdsworth said.
“The upgrades will not only focus on providing improved access for motorists but will ensure all road users can share the road safely.
“Council would like to thank road users for their patience and we particularly appreciate the cooperation of adjacent businesses and properties along Broke Road.
“We expect minimal disruption to occur, but ask road users to obey any change in traffic conditions and reduced speed limits,” Ms Kerr said.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
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14 March 2016