Safety improvements on Racecourse Road at West Gosford

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Central Coast Highway and Racecourse Road intersection at West Gosford to improve safety and traffic flow.

Updates and announcements

From Monday 11 September 2017 the new traffic light controlled lanes at the intersection will be opened to traffic.

Once the new lanes are open to traffic, motorists will be able to use the left turn lane into Racecourse Road and the new left turn slip lane from Racecourse Road onto the Central Coast Highway towards Gosford.

To maximise the efficiency of the new intersection and increase capacity of the Central Coast Highway some changes will be made to parking restrictions between Racecourse Road and Moore Street.

For details of the changes please view the September 2017 project notification (PDF 159Kb).

Roads and Maritime expects to complete the project by the end of October.

Project background

The Central Coast Highway is a major road link between the M1 Pacific Motorway and Gosford, Erina and the coastal suburbs.

The upgrade at the intersection of the Central Coast Highway and Racecourse Road would improve safety and traffic flow for the 40,000 vehicles using this section of the highway each day.

In the five years between January 2010 and December 2014 there were 17 crashes including seven injury crashes at this intersection.

The NSW Government has allocated $1 million in 2017/18 to complete the intersection upgrade.

Project features

The upgrade includes the following improvements:

  • Providing a left turn lane with traffic light control on the Central Coast Highway (eastbound) for vehicles turning on to Racecourse Road. This will allow for an additional through lane for motorists travelling east on the highway
  • Providing a left turn lane with traffic light control on Racecourse Road (southbound) for vehicles turning onto the Central Coast Highway. This will separate left turning traffic from through and right turning traffic to provide extra capacity for this leg of the intersection
  • Providing a new pedestrian crossing on the western leg of the Central Coast Highway and installing pedestrian traffic lights within the median on Racecourse Road (southbound)
  • Providing a 2.5 metre wide shared path along the northern side of the Central Coast Highway and extending along Racecourse Road to allow cyclists and pedestrians to safety cross the road.

Community consultation

The proposal was displayed for community comment in November 2014. The community feedback was considered when finalising the design, which can be viewed in the March 2016 Project notification.

Roads and Maritime Services will keep the community and stakeholders informed as the project progresses.

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