Extra traffic around the Cessnock Correctional Centre construction site is predicted as building works ramp building works ramp up over the next nine months.
During the rapid-build prison construction period, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year, there will be an increase in vehicle traffic between 7am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturdays.
No work will occur on Sundays.
There will be an increase in construction-related traffic on Kerlew Street, Nulkaba (off Wine Country Drive, near the cemetery) as project staff come to and from the site and materials are delivered.
Motorists travelling along the work route are advised to plan ahead, observe the speed limit and follow the road and construction signage.
The 400-bed rapid-build prison at Cessnock will open early next year.
The correctional centre’s expansion also includes a 320-bed maximum security facility and a building to house 280 minimum-security prisoners.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin thanked the community for their patience during this time and said every effort would be made to minimise the impacts on the community.
“Every effort will be made to minimise the noise impacts of the work such as low-tonal beepers on machinery when reversing, turning off equipment and vehicles when not in use and directing noisy equipment away from residences where possible,” Mr Severin said.
“We apologise for these inconveniences and appreciate your patience at this time.”
For more information or to report a problem, contact the Corrective Services NSW Engagement Team on 1800 875 345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.