Cessnock CBD will be a hive of activity at the end of the month as work begins on its long-awaited revitalisation.
The upgrades along Cooper and Charlton streets include the installation of new raised road pavement to improve pedestrian amenity, as well as new planter boxes, street trees and bench seating to enhance the streetscape.
Drainage works also form part of the project.
Cessnock council’s infrastructure manager, Katrina Kerr, said it was staging the works to limit disruption to the community and business owners in the CBD.
“Disruption to the community is unavoidable when the site is in the heart of the Cessnock CBD,” she said.
“Council is working to ensure measures are in place to limit disruption.
“We have spoken with individual businesses directly impacted by the works and will continue to do so.
“The program of works has been designed with businesses in mind, including some night works.
“Temporary pedestrian access will also be in place to ensure foot traffic can navigate the work site and access businesses throughout the period.”
The council stated traffic flows will return as normal between August and September.
The stage 1.1 works are part of delivering the Cessnock CBD Master Plan and associated Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project.
It is all part of the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation, which includes the Bridges Hill Park Playground project and access improvement upgrades.
The project is funded through the federal government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and the state government’s Restart NSW – Resources for Regions Program.