Lisarow – Ourimbah Street and Parsons Road upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing to plan the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Ourimbah Street and Parsons Road at Lisarow. The proposed upgrade involves widening the highway to provide two lanes in each direction to improve traffic flow and safety for all road users.

Pacific Highway through Lisarow

Updates and announcements

Following consideration of community feedback in 2016, the Review of Environmental Factors has been determined and Roads and Maritime has approval to proceed with the final design for the project.  

View or download the Review of Environmental Factors (PDF, 16.57Mb) and Species Impact Statement (PDF, 23.7Mb).

View or download the October 2016 Submissions Report (PDF, 4.9Mb).

For more information and to view the proposed design, download the July 2016 Project Update, (PDF, 948Kb)

Project background

The NSW Government allocated $7 million in 2016/17 to continue planning for the Pacific Highway upgrade, between Ourimbah Street and Parsons Road at Lisarow to improve traffic flow and safety.

Since 2009 Roads and Maritime has carried out extensive investigations and community consultation in order to finalise a preferred route for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Narara and Lisarow.

The concept design and draft Review of Environmental Factors for the section of highway between Ourimbah Street and Parsons Road at Lisarow was displayed for community comment in February 2015.

The feedback received was considered and extensive investigations have been carried out to prepare the updated design and Review of Environmental Factors.

The 2015 draft Review of Environmental Factors found the proposed road upgrade would have a significant impact on Melaleuca Biconvexa, a threatened flora species. A Species Impact Statement has been prepared to thoroughly assess the potential impact and to identify measures to avoid or minimise this impact.

The findings of the Species Impact Statement were incorporated into the Review of Environmental Factors which was displayed for public comments in July 2016.

Roads and Maritime is now working with the Office of Environment and Heritage to seek agreement on the species impact statement to determine if the proposal will continue as proposed.

Following the public display of the Review of Environmental Factors and Species Impact Statement, a Submissions Report was released in late 2016. The report outlined eight submissions received throughout the community consultation period, and responses from Roads and Maritime.

After consideration of community feedback, the Review of Environmental Factors has been determined.

This means Roads Maritime has approval to proceed with the final design for the project.

No changes have been made to the proposal. Additional safeguards and management measures have been applied relating to design, biodiversity and flooding, in response to the submissions received. Some items have also been identified for further consideration during the final detailed design stage.

Project benefits

Key benefits of the preferred option include:

  • Improved traffic flow and more consistent travel times on the Pacific Highway
  • Improved access to connecting roads
  • Improved safety for all road users
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle network.

Key features

  • Two lanes in each direction on the Pacific Highway
  • A new bridge over the rail line, replacing the existing narrow bridge near Railway Crescent
  • New traffic lights at the Railway Crescent and Tuggerah Street (formerly Macdonalds Road) intersections with the Pacific Highway
  • Upgrading the existing traffic lights at The Ridgeway
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle paths along and across the highway
  • Improved access to the parking area at Lisarow Railway Station.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime is proceeding with the final design and when this is complete, tenders will be called for construction of the project, subject to funding. Timing for construction has not been confirmed.

We will continue to inform and liaise with the community throughout this process.

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