New milestone reached on Broke Road
Cessnock City Council announced work is nearing completion on Broke Road west and construction will shortly commence on Hermitage Road, as part of the $17.1 million upgrade to the important road link to the region’s wine country.
Cessnock City Council General Manager, Stephen Glen, said over five kilometres of works on Broke Road have been completed including widening the road and the construction of a new cycleway.
“We have reached a significant stage of the project and we’ll now turn our attention to Hermitage Road intersection”, Mr Glen said.
Last Monday marked the official start of construction for Singleton Council’s section of the Hermitage Road upgrade.
Mr Glen said Cessnock crews look forward to meeting Singleton crews out on the road, once the projects finally meet up.
“It’s good to be working alongside Singleton Council to a deliver a project that will have far-reaching benefits for the wine industry in both LGAs”, Mr Glen said.
The Hermitage and Broke Road Upgrade project received $16.7 million in funding under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions program and will be jointly delivered by Cessnock City Council and Singleton Council.
Member for the Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, said he was pleased to see the continuation of work on this important project.
“The upgrade of these roads and the construction of the new cycleway will provide a vital link in to wine country and improve the tourist experience of one of Australia’s premier wine regions,” Mr Johnsen said.
“I am proud that the NSW Government has been able to provide funding for this upgrade, which will support our local economy and tourism sector, and deliver important safety improvements for both our local residents and for visitors to the area.”
This project includes on-road cycleways and installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas.