Frequently asked questions
The NSW Government is investigating Pacific Highway upgrades as part of its $300 million Urban Roads Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney's busiest corridors
Roads and Maritime Services is delivering this project to ease congestion, deliver reliable travel times and improve safety for road users on the Pacific Highway between Turramurra and Wahroonga.
FAQs - September 2018
The Pinch Point Program provides low cost, high benefit proposals to improve congestion on Sydney’s roads today.
A pinch point is a traffic congestion point, either at an intersection or on a short length of road, where a traffic bottleneck exists. They cause traffic build-up and travel delays at these spots and on the wider road network.
Currently, northbound motorists are experiencing heavy congestion, poor travel times and long delays when travelling between Turramurra and Wahroonga, particularly during the afternoon peak period. This situation is worsened by the Pacific Highway northbound lanes dropping from three lanes to two lanes along this section of the corridor.
Roads and Maritime propose to provide more efficient, safer and reliable travel times by widening the road to provide three continuous lanes in the northbound direction whilst maintaining the three existing southbound continuous lanes along this section of the corridor.
Road widening, and other improvements, would provide significant benefits, particularly in the afternoon peak for motorists travelling northbound along the Pacific Highway.
Key benefits include:
- northbound travel time savings
- improved traffic flow and efficiency at the intersections
- reduced queue lengths and delays at the intersections
- improved road safety along the corridor through removal of right turn movements at
- Finlay Road, Marshall Avenue and Coonanbarra Road
- improved pedestrian and road user safety at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Redleaf Avenue by removing the southbound left turn slip lane and providing a pedestrian refuge on Redleaf Avenue
- improved road safety at the intersections of the Pacific Highway at Fox Valley Road, and at Coonanbarra Road and Redleaf Avenue, by realigning the curve of the road and traffic lanes.
Roads and Maritime is strongly committed to working closely with Ku-ring-gai Council and other stakeholders during all stages of the project. Working with Ku-ring-gai Council ensures we achieve the best outcomes for the Pacific Highway corridor work and the community. We have consulted with Ku-ring-gai Council during planning and will continue to work with Council as the project progresses.
Road widening would require strip adjustments to some properties on the northbound side of the Pacific Highway, between Turramurra and Wahroonga. Roads and Maritime are in contact with all potentially impacted property owners. We will continue to work with potentially impacted property owners as the project progresses.
The road widening works would impact some local and State heritage listed properties along the northbound side of the Pacific Highway.
Roads and Maritime is strongly committed to working closely with Ku-ring-gai Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to reduce the potential impacts on any local or State heritage listed properties that could be impacted by this project. We will work with Ku-ring-gai Council and the OEH during all stages of the project.