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Planning underway to improve traffic flow on Wollombi Road

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Logjams along Wollombi Road could soon be a thing of the past as Cessnock City Council begins planning to upgrade the busy thoroughfare.

Locals have long battled with congestion, especially in the afternoon and of an evening after work.

However, the proposed enhancements will provide two travel lanes each way between Abbotsford Street at Bellbird and West Avenue, in Cessnock, plus associated intersection improvements.

It’s also expected to deliver new and modern cycleways, footpaths, kerbs, bus stops and improvements to current parking arrangements.

Council will now seek to communicate with directly-affected residents and businesses along Wollombi Road in the coming weeks and gathering other community feedback to inform the design as the project progresses.

It is hoped the upgrade improves traffic flow, road safety, efficiency and travel times and boosts active transport linkages for cyclists and pedestrians.

Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal admitted the development was a local priority.

“Council identified this need as far back as 2009 in the Bellbird North Section 94 Contributions Plan, and reinforced in subsequent studies and strategies,” he said.

“In 2015 we consulted with the community while developing the Cessnock LGA Traffic and Transport strategy and through this consultation the upgrade of Wollombi Road was highlighted as of major importance.

“Multiple councillor workshops and briefings have been held since, which ultimately led us to securing $16.8 million in funding earlier this year from round three of the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund (AIF), part of the NSW Government’s commitment to investing in essential infrastructure.

“The Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) is experiencing rapid growth.

“So, the upgrade of Wollombi Road is essential to accommodating current and forecasted traffic increases and to alleviate congestion on our roads.

“I’m sure anyone who travels this route during peak times understands what an issue it is – and agrees it needs to be fixed.”

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