Cessnock City Council is undertaking works which will deliver a staged implementation of a project which proposes to enhance Cessnock CBD as an attractive place to visit, with features that appeal to visitors and locals alike. These include easy access to car parking and well connected, visually appealing public spaces. The new CBD will improve pedestrian accessibility and provide cycling opportunities.
We value our business community, and we promise to keep businesses informed during the construction.
18 November 2019
Pedestrian safety a priority for Cessnock CBD Works
Works in the Cessnock CBD are winding down with the majority of the upgrade now completed in Cooper and Charlton Streets. Council is finalising works that will ensure the safety of pedestrians in the Cessnock CBD with the introduction of a 10 km/h Shared Zone. Council’s Infrastructure Manager, Katrina Kerr thanked the business owners and residents for their patience.
“The plan was to have the project finalised earlier but as the upgrade has progressed we’ve identified new opportunities to deliver a safer finished product. Council has received approval from Roads Maritimes Services to implement a 10 km/h Shared Zone along the paved section of Charlton Street, on each side of Cooper Street. This is an excellent addition, as it will significantly improve pedestrian safety so that shoppers can move freely around the CBD.”
Drivers are reminded that a 10 km/h Shared Zone is a road where pedestrians and other vehicles share the road safely. Drivers are legally required to give way to all pedestrians and not exceed the 10km/h speed limit. It’s all about putting pedestrians first and slowing vehicles down in an area that has very high pedestrian activity. Signage will be installed to ensure drivers and pedestrians are aware of the change to traffic flows and that pedestrians have priority of movement in the area.
The activity in the CBD is part of Stage 1.1 of delivering the Cessnock CBD Master Plan and associated Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project. This is all part of the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation that includes the Bridges Hill Park Playground project and access improvement upgrades.
To find out more about this project including background information and what the future holds for the CBD visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/cessnockconstruction.
The project is funded through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and NSW Governments Restart NSW– Resources for Regions Program. For further information about shared zones visit Centre for Road SafetyTransport for NSW.
Previous Updates and Information
Works are progressing well in the Cessnock CBD. Crews are continuing to lay pavers and are installing street furniture. Pedestrian access is being maintained at all times throughout construction. For safety, location of walkways will be determined by site management on a daily basis.
Delivery vehicle height restriction to Lederer Plaza
- Due to the upgrade road works on Cooper Street, please inform all delivery vehicles (affected by height restriction) to avoid the height restricted access on Cooper Street.
- Please ensure all delivery vehicles use either Charlton Street or Keene Street for safe access into the Lederer Complex.
- These temporary vehicle routes will be in place until the middle of August 2019.
Project progressing nicely
Quality and safety a priority!
Council's Project Engineer, Brent Matthews and our Risk and Safety Advisor, Louise Cairns on the ground to inspect the safety and quality of the works, as well as undertake an environmental audit. The team are pleased by the performance of the Contractor engaged to undertake the works.
The achievements of the project to date can be downloaded here.
Bird's eye view
Time lapse camera installed
Council has installed a time lapse camera to record the progress of our construction project in the CBD!
This will allow Council to track progress in the build, and the changes to our town over the period of construction.
What has been achieved?
Town Centre signs installed
- TAFE Park (picture)
- Sternbeck Park
- Conways Corner
- Cumberland Street near new pedestrian refuge (western side)
- Between Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and Pedens Hotel
- Corner near Aldi roundabout
Pedestrian Connection Cumberland Street - CBD to Bridges Hill Park
Mid April 2019 to Mid May 2019
This project includes installation of pedestrian refuge, kerb narrowing blisters, associated footpath connection, pram ramps and installation of signs and line markings. New pedestrian refuge is to separate oncoming vehicles taking the curve, assist pedestrians crossing the road and create a safer road environment.
North Avenue and Keene Street
Sunday 5 May 2019 - Tuesday 21 May 2019
On Sunday 5 May 2019 works commenced on North Avenue and Keene Street to upgrade pedestrian facilities. Night works have now ended on North Avenue and Keene Street, with the completion of kerbs and road resurfacing. Landscape planting, signs and line marking will be completed in the days following the 21 May 2019. The new and safer pedestrian crossing will also be finalised shortly, but is already accessible.
Bridges Hill Park Playground and Access Improvement Project
Stage 1 of Bridges Hill Park Playground now open!
You can now explore its playground, put your fitness to the test at the newly installed stations, stroll along the landscaped pathways or simply enjoy the BBQ facilities.
The next stage of the project involves construction of public amenities, additional BBQ areas, a yarning circle and more play spaces. The final stage involves car park improvements and improvements to pedestrian access. The project is expected to be finalised in 2020.
Charlton Street and Marketplace car park
Council is currently undertaking a redesign of the spatial layout and traffic flows for the Charlton Street and Cessnock Marketplace car parks that connect to Wollombi Road. Stay tuned for more information on this future project.
Vincent Street Laneways
Council is currently undertaking a redesign to upgrade Vincent Street laneways. Stay tuned for more information on this future project.
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Keeping you informed
Council’s Infrastructure Manager, Katrina Kerr said "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 construction period". Read more...
View the Commercial Precinct Project Documents
The Cessnock Commercial Precinct project is funded through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and NSW Governments Restart NSW– Resources for Regions Program in collaboration with Cessnock City Council.
To find out more about this project including background information and what the future holds for the CBD visit:
Cessnock Under Construction
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