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Feeder roads require upgrades

FINALLY OPEN: The new bridge on Frame Drive, Abermain, which opened on February 1, almost two years after the old bridge was closed. Picture: Perry DuffinThe re-opening of Frame Drive bridge has brought the state of roads connecting it to the Hunter Expresswayinto the spotlight.
Nanjing Night Net

Cessnock City Council will write to various state government representatives to seek urgent fundingassistance to undertake road improvement works along the link roads between the Hunter Expressway and Cessnock.

In a mayoral minute to last week’s council meeting, Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent said the opening of the new bridge wouldinevitably increase traffic along this route (via Orange Street, Frame Drive, Gingers Lane and Hart Road).

“The increase in traffic volumes along the route will also have a major impact on the condition of the local road network in the area, as it will now be required to carry traffic loads between two nodes of the State Road network,” Cr Pynsent’s mayoral minute said.

“As a result, council will likely see a rapid deterioration of the roads along the route.”

Cr Pynsent said council hadrecently completed a specialist road safety audit that identified and recommended a number of short, medium and long term road upgrade works thatwere required to improve road safety along the route.

Attention was drawn to the increasing traffic in Heddon Greta (another vital link to the expressway) at the same meeting.

Ward D councillor Darrin Gray moved that council make representations toNSW roads minister Melinda Pavey regarding thetraffic issues and the impact it was having on Heddon Greta residents.

“The current state of affairs on this stretch of road is becoming increasingly dangerous for residents and commuters alike,” Cr Gray’s motion said.

“The Hunter Expressway is a magnificent piece of infrastructure however it is not without its negatives, from the lack of commuter parking facilities at key nodes along its length, to forcing congestion onto our residential streets.”

Cr Gray said while the freeway was built with good intentions, the traffic was making the lives of Heddon Greta residents “a living hell”.

Lack of commuter parking, frequent illegal U-turning across Main Road, the absence ofa pedestrian crossing and traffic lights, and lack of action to raise Testers Hollow were among his concerns.

“The safety and amenity of our local town and residents is seriously being adversely impacted,” he said.

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