Investigations into Tumbi Road intersection improvements are set to begin, getting the Central Coast Highway upgrade in motion.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said the NSW Government has committed $387 million to upgrade a 3.8km section of the Central Coast Highway between Wamberal and Bateau Bay and drive better journeys through the Central Coast.

“About 26,000 vehicles pass through this intersection every day, so improving this intersection will ensure smoother traffic flow as the region continues to grow,” Mr Toole said.

“Transport for NSW will shortly be carrying out geotechnical investigations at this location to better understand the ground conditions and help plan for the intersection upgrade.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the proposed plan that went out to the community in June and July last year will improve travel times and traffic flow by widening the highway to two lanes in both directions between Wamberal and Bateau Bay.

“Upgrading this 3.8km section of Central Coast Highway will be challenging, but it is incredibly important for local residents and we are not going to shy away from the hard work,” Mr Crouch said.

“As a result of community feedback, the pinch point at the Tumbi Road intersection has been fast-tracked as part of the overall $387 million upgrade.

“The community will next be asked for feedback on the proposed design for this intersection and the project’s Review of Environmental Factors, which is expected to be released for public comment later this year.”

Work will be carried out from Tuesday, 9 March. Standard working hours are between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday with some night shifts between 7pm and 5am to reduce impact to road users.

This work will involve the use of machinery and crews will make every effort to minimise noise by arranging the work in stages at different locations, completing noisier activities earlier in the night and turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use. Work is expected to be complete in four weeks, weather permitting.

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