Safety improvements on Racecourse Road at West Gosford
Roads and Maritime Services upgraded the Central Coast Highway and Racecourse Road intersection at West Gosford to improve safety and traffic flow.
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 has improved 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 allocated $1 million in 2017/18 to complete the intersection upgrade. The intersection opened to traffic in September 2017 and final work activities were completed in November 2017.
The upgrade involved:
- Providing a left turn lane with traffic light control on the Central Coast Highway (eastbound) for vehicles turning on to Racecourse Road. This has provided 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 separates left turning traffic from through and right turning traffic and provides extra capacity for this leg of the intersection
- Providing a 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 which allows cyclists and pedestrians to safety cross the road.
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.