Locals have say on Central Coast Highway Upgrade
1 December 2020
Community feedback is helping to shape plans for a $387 million upgrade of the Central Coast Highway between Bateau Bay and Wamberal that will make trips safer and faster.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said consultation on the NSW Government's plan to widen a 3.8 kilometre section of the Central Coast Highway showed how important the project was to the community.
"We sought feedback in June and July this year on the initial designs for the proposed upgrade because we want to get this project right and give locals the upgrade they want," Mr Toole said.
"The proposal will improve travel times and safety by widening the highway to two lanes in both directions between Wamberal and Bateau Bay.
"About 26,500 motorists use this section of the highway daily and this upgrade will ensure it's prepared to handle future growth on the Central Coast."
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the community came back with a lot of positive feedback with 223 responses received.
"Many residents and stakeholders expressed the view this upgrade was long overdue, and agreed that it will help fix the traffic congestion during peak times and the proposed shared pathway will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists," Mr Crouch said.
"The Community Consultation Summary Report outlines all the feedback received and includes responses from Transport for NSW to each issue raised."
As part of the Central Coast Highway upgrade, Transport for NSW has awarded a contract to AECOM Australia Pty Ltd to develop the design and environmental assessment of the Tumbi Road intersection, which is expected to be displayed to the community late next year.
"This intersection is a major pinch point along this section of the highway and will be fast-tracked as part of the overall project," Mr Crouch said.
"Upgrading the 3.8 kilometre section of Central Coast Highway will be challenging, but it is incredibly important for the community and we are not going to shy away from the hard work."
More information about the Central Coast Highway upgrade and the Consultation Summary report can be found on the Central Coast Highway upgrade - Wamberal to Bateau Bay project page.