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Work starts to improve traffic choke spot

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Work is about to begin on the second stage of traffic improvements to relieve congestion at a busy intersection in Maitland.

The work is set to help travel times by improving the New England Highway, Church Street and Cessnock Road roundabout.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, said the state government was investing almost $5 million towards the project in a bid to help the area.

“The New England Highway is a vital thoroughfare for the Hunter Region, with 40,000 motorists passing through this intersection every day,” she said.

“The first stage of improvements in October has reduced queuing during peak periods, and we’re excited to be moving forward to the next stage of works, which is expected to see westbound delay times reduced by about 80%.”

Ms Cusack added the project would also provide work for 10 local contractors, supporting around 90 jobs.

The second stage works are set to start this Sunday 23 August and involve installing traffic lights on Church Street, modifying the roundabout layout, and widening Cessnock Road.

The traffic lights will be triggered by queue detectors and operate during busy times to help manage traffic flow.

Work will also involve the creation of two through lanes from Church Street to Cessnock Road, two right-turn lanes into Cessnock Road for eastbound highway traffic, and extending the dual southbound lanes on Cessnock Road to Fishery Creek Bridge.

Construction will be carried out between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday, and is expected to take five months to complete, weather permitting.

Lane closures and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours for the safety of workers and road users, with motorists advised to drive to the conditions and to follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

For more information on the project, visit the Transport for NSW website.

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