“Vital community connection” road finally getting fixed in Upper Hunter

Upper Hunter

Coulsons Creek Road in the Upper Hunter, NSW is finally receiving some much needed attention after being closed for the past three years.

While work had been completed in 2019, the crucial livestock link was significantly damaged by heavy rainfall and subsequent land slips, causing its closure in 2021.

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The rebuild has been contracted to Daracon Group, and is now in full swing following more than $48 million in funding provided by the Australian and NSW governments.

The upgraded road will feature improved drainage, protection against rock falls, new safety barriers, signage and line marking, and will take place between Merriwa and Willow Tree Road.

Work is expected to be complete by mid 2025, weather permitting.

Federal transport and infrastructure minister Catherine King says it is great to see work getting underway for this project.

“We know how important this road is for agriculture and livestock, providing essential access for farmers and livestock producers,” she says.

“It will also reduce travel times for all road users while improving safety by reducing traffic volumes on those roads that were being used as detours while Coulsons Creek Road was out of service.”

“Work on this road will restore an important connection between the Golden and New England highways, benefiting tourism in this beautiful part of regional NSW, logistics, distribution and supply chains,” NSW regional transport and roads minister, Jenny Aitchison says.

“Having three NSW Government agencies working with the Upper Hunter Shire Council with multi-million-dollar contributions from the Australian and NSW governments demonstrates how all levels of government recognise the importance of this road.”

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