Pacific Highway upgrades between Turramurra and Wahroonga

The NSW Government has committed over $825 million to pinch point projects which ease congestion, reduce traffic delays and improve travel times on Sydney's major roads.

Pacific Highway and Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga: Three southbound lanes and two northbound lanes with a dedicated right turning lane
Pacific Highway and Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga: Three southbound lanes and two northbound lanes with a dedicated right turning lane

The NSW Government is funding the 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.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services asked the community to provide feedback on our proposal to widen the Pacific Highway to three continuous northbound lanes, while maintaining three continuous southbound lanes at the following Pacific Highway intersections:

  • Finlay Road
  • Fox Valley Road
  • Coonanbarra Road and Redleaf Avenue

To learn about the decision of the consultation, please view the June 2019 project update (PDF, 341Kb).

View or download the full consultation report (PDF, 6.35Kb).

Project background

This NSW Government proposal is part of its $300 million Urban Roads Pinch Point Program. The program aims to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s busiest road corridors, particularly during peak periods.

Around 60,000 vehicles a day travel on Pacific Highway between Turramurra and Wahroonga. The intersections of Pacific Highway with Finlay Road, Fox Valley Road and Redleaf Avenue and Coonanbarra Road were identified as pinch points, or bottlenecks, on this busy corridor. These intersections service surrounding residential, commercial and industrial areas, are part of the major arterial road to Sydney’s central business district from the north western suburbs and are key to accessing the Central Coast via the M1 Pacific Motorway.

Roads and Maritime proposed to improve traffic flow through the corridor by adding three continuous northbound lanes to this section of road.

The proposal aims to provide northbound travel time savings particularly in the afternoon peak, better traffic flow through the intersections and provide safer road conditions for motorists travelling along the Pacific Highway.

Community benefits

Upgrade 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 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 the Pacific Highway at Coonanbarra Road and Redleaf Avenue, by realigning the curve of the road and traffic lanes

Community consultation

In September and October 2018, we consulted with the community on this project.

Nearly 100 people representing local residents, frequent road users, local schools, Kur-ring-gai Council, businesses and community groups provided 158 comments via the online consultation map, email, phone calls and letters.

View our online consultation map to see what others in the community have said about this project.

We have responded to all feedback raised by the community in a consultaton report.

 

Frequently asked questions

Please view our FAQs for Pacific Highway upgrades between Turramurra and Wahroonga.

What happens next?

We will carry out further detailed engineering design on the two intersection upgrades (Pacific Highway and Finlay Road and Pacific Highway and Fox Valley Road).

The community will be kept informed of our progress investigating a new solution for the intersections on the Pacific Highway at Coonanbarra Road and Redleaf Avenue. A second REF for this intersection will be released later this year.

We will keep the community informed as these projects progress.

 

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