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Hermitage Road Upgrade
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The Hermitage Road Upgrade and Cycleway Project is a joint venture between Singleton Council and Cessnock City Council. Fed from the north by the new Hunter Expressway and the New England Highway and from the south by Broke Road, Hermitage Road is a vital road link in the wine country region.

While this is one project and will deliver a seamless result across the two LGAs the necessary treatments in each area do vary. Specifics of the project scope are listed below.

The project elements within the Singleton LGA are as follows:
  • Upgrade of 10.6km of Hermitage Road (widening and resurfacing)
  • Improve the safety of intersections;
  • Construction of an on-road cycleway connecting the Hunter Expressway and New England Highway with Broke Road;
  • Installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas; 
  • Lighting for safety and way-finding.

The project elements within the Cessnock LGA are as follows:
  • Upgrade of 1.4km of Hermitage Road (full reconstruction)
  • Upgrade of 1.1km of Broke Road (full reconstruction)
  • Upgrade of intersection of Broke/Hermitage Road (including cycleway component);
  • Address safety of intersection;
  • Construction of an on-road cycleway linking the Cessnock/Singleton sections ;
  • Installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas;
  • Lighting for safety and way-finding.

This project has been made possible due to a successful joint application to the NSW Government Resources for Regions funding program. A total of $16.7 million has been secured for this project combined with contributions from both councils.

Estimated project completion date: July 2017

Status as at 19 December 2016
Asphalting has commenced at the Southern 4km of Hermitage Road and is expected to be completed by 22 December.

Asphalting of the Northern 6km of Hermitage Road, between Ironbark Hill Road and the Hunter Expressway, will commence on 9 January 2017.

Status as at 23 August 2016
The contract for construction has been awarded to KCE and site works have commenced.

Construction works will generally progress from the southern end of Hermitage Road to the north.

Detours and full road closures are not planned, however delays are expected during short stoppages or alternate flow of traffic through work zones.

Status as at 12 July 2016
Tenders have closed and are now under review.

Land valuations are complete and acquisitions are ongoing.

Construction is expected to commence in September 2016 and be completed by July 2017.

Status as at 24 May 2016
Council will call for construction tenders on 31 May with the aim to award the contract in July.

Land valuations are ongoing with 20 out of 33 assessments received and issued to landowners awaiting feedback.

Construction is expected to commence in September 2016 and be completed by July 2017.

2016 timeline
28 June - Construction tenders close

7 June - Mandatory tender meeting at Singleton Council

31 May - Tenders open for construction

18 April - Council resolved to call for new tenders for construction only

15 March - 100 per cent design due from Arkhill Engineers

10 February - Stakeholder drop-in session held at Tuscany Wine Estate to review the 75 per cent detailed design

9 February - Stakeholder drop-in session held at Tuscany Wine Estate to review the 75 per cent detailed design

1 February - 75 per cent detailed design received from Arkhill Engineers

2015 timeline
18 December - 50 per cent detailed design due from Arkhill Engineers

16 November - Council awards the detailed design contract to Arkhill Engineers

20 October - Tenders close for detailed design

29 September - Tenders opened for detailed design

18 September - Geotechnical report received

9 September - Kleinfelder started flora, fauna and Aboriginal heritage study

24 August - Geotechnical investigations by Douglas Partners commenced

17 July - Funding deed signed by NSW Treasury for $1.734 million funding under the Resources for Regions program

2014 timeline
31 October - Joint application for funding under Resources for Regions program submitted

23 September - Hermitage-Broke Road Upgrade and Cycleway project shortlisted for application under Resources for Regions program

14 August - Expression of interest lodged for Hermitage-Broke Road Upgrade and Cycleway joint project under Resources for Regions program


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290