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Mayor welcomes funding to improve road network in Thornton

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Maitland City mayor Philip Penfold has welcomed a massive windfall in the LGA, which will improve the road network in Thornton.

Work is set to begin at the juncture of Government Road and Raymond Terrace Road after it was confirmed the project – including the construction of a four-way intersection and traffic lights – had received almost $10 million of NSW Government funding.

The undertaking will significantly enhance traffic flow along the busy stretch, according to Cr Penfold.

“This is a ‘big win’ for residents,” he said.

“The upgrade of this intersection is one of several projects identified within council’s many plans for the Thornton and Chisholm area.

“So, it’s an important piece of the puzzle.

“The dedication and hard work of our council officers and other elected representatives to go after and secure this funding should be commended.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing the works start and for the benefits of these upgrades to flow on to our community.”

The bulk of the monetary assistance hails from $9.5 million worth of funding secured from the NSW Government’s Housing Acceleration Fund.

The remainder will come from Thornton North Urban Release Area developer contributions and council’s capital works program.

Cr Penfold said construction would begin in mid-2022.

“It’s expected to take approximately a year to complete, subject to conditions,” he explained.

“But, with funding now secured, council will call for formal tenders from suitably-qualified contractors for the engagement of a principal contractor to undertake the works.

“These [works] mark a key milestone in the Thornton Road Network project, aimed at delivering critical infrastructure to support the fast-growing communities of Thornton and Chisholm.

“We’ll continue to provide residents with updates on the project as it progresses.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said he was delighted Maitland City Council – and the community – would benefit from the funding.

“The NSW Government is supporting council by investing in the project through the Housing Acceleration Fund,” he stated.

“This is important infrastructure that will help reduce congestion, improve safety for motorists and support up to 1,600 new homes in the area.”

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