New South Wales, News, Road upgrades

$65.5 million to upgrade Central Coast Highway

The Australian and NSW governments have announced $65.5 million to upgrade this bottle-necked section of the Central Coast Highway – between Wamberal and Bateau Bay – to improve traffic flow.

Currently, this section of road is used by approximately 26,000 motorists each day, around 1000 of which are heavy vehicles.

Plans are now progressing to upgrade the intersection at Tumbi Road.

Key features of the upgrade include replacement of the existing intersection roundabout with traffic lights and widening the highway north of the intersection to two lanes in each direction to the project boundary near Forresters Beach Garden Centre.

“The Australian and NSW governments are committed to upgrading one of the most congested intersections on the Central Coast Highway and ensure the best possible outcome for motorists travelling to, from and around the region,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King.

“This upgrade will reduce delays, queuing and improve traffic flow at the intersection as well as increased safety and reliability for all road users.”

For the next stage of the project, Transport for NSW is inviting Expressions of Interests (EOI) from pre-qualified contractors to build the upgrade of the Highway with Tumbi Road.

Early works for the intersection upgrade were carried out last year including vegetation clearing, surveying, minor earthworks, geotechnical testing, demolition of Transport-owned property, and installation of utilities pits, conduits and cables.

The Australian Government has committed $52.4 million towards the project.

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