Roundabouts to go in Wyong Road delivery

Monday, 22 July 2013

Roundabouts to go in Wyong Road delivery

Wyong Road will finally get the upgrades it deserves, with Members for The Entrance and Wyong Chris Spence and Darren Webber securing a new deal with the NSW Treasurer and Minister for Roads to deliver funds of over $120 million.

Central Coast motorists know too well the frustration of traffic congestion on Wyong Road, and the delivery of this funding is a great outcome.

“During the election campaign, we gave a commitment of $8 million to deliver interval lights at the roundabouts at Pacific Highway, Enterprise Drive, Mingara Drive and Tumbi Umbi,” said Mr Spence.

“Following the election, through discussions with the Roads and Maritime Services, it became clear we would need much more than this stop-gap solution and instead needed to completely remove all four roundabouts.

“Darren Webber and I are immensely pleased with the great news from the NSW Treasurer that the figure of over $120 million needed to completely overhaul these intersections on Wyong Road will be delivered,” said Mr Spence.

“This year $4 million was allocated in the budget for the Pacific Highway intersection and we’re another step closer to getting underway with the environmental planning approval in place and the submissions report published.

“Some of the most common issues raised in submissions included impacts to properties, landscaping and urban design, pedestrian and cycle facilities, noise and vibration and potential overshadowing of properties near the new intersection. As a result the RMS has now made modifications to their design,” said Mr Webber.

A further $1.6 million allocated this year will see further progress planning for Enterprise Drive, Mingara Drive and Tumbi Umbi underway.

“It is likely that construction on the intersections at Mingara Drive and Tumbi Umbi will be undertaken as combined works, with construction funding to be allocated in the 2014/15 budget,” said Mr Spence.

“Wyong Road is a major link from the F3 to Wyong, Tuggerah and surrounding coastal suburbs which makes this upgrade a priority and a key part of the O’Farrell Government’s commitment to improving traffic flow in the area,” said Mr Webber.

More information on the project can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

Media: Darren Webber – 0411 130 371
Chris Spence (Laurie Alexander) – 4334 1012 or 0405 258 411

View the original media release (PDF)

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