Cessnock City Council investigating cause of cracked pavers in CBD

ROUGH SURFACE: Cessnock City Council has installed hazard signs to alert road users to the cracked pavers at the corner of Cooper and Charlton streets.
ROUGH SURFACE: Cessnock City Council has installed hazard signs to alert road users to the cracked pavers at the corner of Cooper and Charlton streets.

Cessnock City Council has warned there could be traffic disruptions as it looks to fix more than 100 road tiles that have surprisingly cracked at one of the city's busiest intersections.

The tiles, at the corner of Cooper and Charlton streets, are not even two years old and restoration work was the last thing council was expecting.

Council's acting director of works and infrastructure Katrina Kerr said council is aware of the problem - which impacts about 120 pavers - and will undertake works to rectify the defects.

"We're extremely disappointed that we will have to undertake rectification works in the Cessnock CBD," Ms Kerr said.

"Once we can determine the cause of the pavers cracking we will commence works to ensure the problem is corrected."

The pavers were installed in 2019 as part of the Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation project.

They form part of a 10km 'shared zone' which was designed to improve pedestrian amenity.

BROKEN: Cracked pavers at the intersection of Cooper and Charlton Streets, Cessnock.

BROKEN: Cracked pavers at the intersection of Cooper and Charlton Streets, Cessnock.

Ms Kerr said council acknowledges the additional works to fix the pavers will cause more disruption in the CBD, and thanks the community for their patience.

It is likely the works will occur following the busy Christmas period to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and residents.

The safety of the pavement has been assessed, and while safe for vehicles and pedestrians, hazard signage has been installed to inform all road users.

Council will inform the community once a resolution has been identified and when rectification works will take place.

Funding for the works will be identified in council's budget quarterly review if additional funds are required.

The rectification works will signal the completion of Stage 1.1 of the Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation Program.

The program comprises a number of sub-projects, with no further stages currently scheduled for commencement.

The implementation of this Plan will be subject to the availability of funding.

Council received grants from the state and federal governments for the first stage of the project, which also included the upgrade of Bridges Hill Park.

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