Work to start on Cessnock roads

CESSNOCK'S $20 million road improvement program is about to get under way, with work set to start on Broke Road at Pokolbin on May 21.

Works in the first stage will concentrate on reconstruction of 760 metres of Broke Road, near the intersection of De Beyers Road, and will include widening, drainage works and pavement reconstruction.

The news comes after years of lobbying by Pokolbin business operators, councillors and residents who have labelled roads in the world-renowned tourist destination as deadly and a disgrace.

Cessnock City Council awarded the four-year works tender to Robson Civil Projects.

The funding is from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund.

"We all know that our roads throughout the vineyards are in desperate need of work and I'm very pleased to see the commencement of these works," mayor Alison Davey said.

"Council has simply never had the budget to undertake such works and the volume of traffic we are now seeing on these roads has resulted in the situation becoming intolerable."

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