Cessnock City Council appeals to the NSW Government following Frame Drive Bridge Opening

Cessnock City Council is calling on the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) to upgrade vital access roads to Frame Drive Bridge in Abermain.

Cessnock City Council is calling on the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) to upgrade vital access roads to Frame Drive Bridge in Abermain.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said while he was excited about the opening of the bridge he is concerned about the changed traffic conditions.

“We do anticipate that the return of traffic on Frame Drive Bridge will have a profound impact, as it will again serve as a major connector road to and from the Hunter Expressway”.

“I share the community’s concerns about the growing pressure on the intersection of Hart Road, Government Road, Sawyers Gully Road and Gingers Lane intersection”.

“The Orange Road and Cessnock Road intersection and the possibility of rat running to avoid this busy junction must also be addressed”.

“Accordingly, over the last two years we have been in talks with the RMS, as these roads are connectors to the State Government road network, but are yet to secure a commitment on the much needed upgrades”.

“The bridge has reopened and now is not the time to remain idle. We are urging the NSW Government to make this a priority, to ensure the safety of our road users”, Cr Pynsent said.

Council continues to work towards safety improvements that can be implemented in the short term along Ginger’s Lane, through the Local Traffic Committee.

Further upgrades are planned for Baileys Lane intersection and Frame Drive to deliver a safer route for all motorists.

Council shares the community’s traffic concerns and as works continue thanks them for their continued patience.

All road users are urged to be patient and comply with the road rules at all times, and in particular, motorists are asked to take extra care at busy intersections.

2 February 2017