Motorists on the Central Coast can enjoy improved traffic flow and safety with the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Lisarow and Ourimbah now complete.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government invested $70 million to upgrade the highway, increasing road capacity from one to two lanes in both directions, improving journey times and road user safety.
“The Pacific Highway is vital stretch of road connecting the urban, commercial and industrial precincts of Gosford and Wyong,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The upgrade will improve traffic flow and travel times for around 30,000 motorists who travel on the 1.6 kilometre section of highway each day.”
Mr MacDonald said the upgrade also delivered new sets of traffic lights with pedestrian crossing facilities at the Ourimbah Street, Teralba Street and Walmsley Road intersections.
“Cyclists are also benefitting, with a new shared pedestrian and cycle path built on the western side of the highway to help promote active transport. Two new bridges have also been built across Cut Rock Creek.”
“The upgrade has also had a positive impact on the local economy with around 1200 workers inducted on site during the project.”
Mr MacDonald said the project was one of a number of investments being made by the NSW Liberal National Government to improve roads on the Central Coast, including the $391 million upgrade of the M1 Pacific Motorway.
“With Stage 3A of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway corridor on the Central Coast now complete, the construction contract for Stage 3B to upgrade the highway at Lisarow between Parsons Road and Ourimbah Street is expected to be awarded in coming months.”
“Stage 4 involves upgrading the Pacific Highway and Manns Road between Narara Creek Road at Narara and Parsons Road at Lisarow.”
“The NSW Government is investing a further $3 million this financial year to continue long term planning for Stage 5 of the upgrade on Manns Road between Stockyard Place at West Gosford and Narara Creek Road at Narara.”
The community and motorists are thanked for their patience while work was carried out.
Mr Martin said the completion of work along the Pacific Highway at Ourimbah will ensure motorists can enjoy improved traffic flow.
“The Pacific Highway is the major road linking the M1 Pacific Motorway with Ourimbah, Lisarow and surrounding coastal suburbs,” Mr Martin said.
“The road through Ourimbah is heavily congested during peak hours so this upgrade has been very much anticipated and welcomed by the community.\"