Cessnock City Council is thrilled to secure $1.72 million to enhance the safety of George Downes Drive and Great North Road at Bucketty.
The significant grant from the 2020/21 NSW Safer Roads Program will enable the organisation to deliver improvements to a 700-metre section of the thoroughfare.
And, following the announcement, Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent is grinning from ear-to-ear.
“It’s a stretch of road that is in dire need of work to ensure a safer journey, especially as more and more visitors travel into the Cessnock LGA (Local Government Area) on unfamiliar roads,” he said.
“This road is often frequented by motorcycle riders, too.”
Councillor Pynsent said the improvements would see the road shoulder widened, the installation of a motorcycle-friendly safety barrier, and delineation upgrades.
“The Safer Roads Program is vital as it’s all about reducing crashes on our roads and ultimately saving lives,” he explained.
“We’re pleased we can deliver these works for the community of Bucketty.”
Council is currently undertaking investigation and design processes to deliver the safety upgrades.
Construction works are expected to start next financial year.