The Pacific Highway – Wyong Town Centre project will receive $80 million fast-tracked funding by the Australian Government.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, said, “The Pacific Highway is one of Australia’s busiest and most important urban arterial roadways, making investment in its improvement vital.
“With the population of the Central Coast projected to increase by about 75,000 over the next two decades, this announcement ensures we are delivering for the future.”
The Australian Government is contributing $336 million towards the project, with the New South Wales Government committing $84 million. The contribution will help the New South Wales Government to expedite delivery of this priority project on the Central Coast.
New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said, “The New South Wales Government has a clear long-term economic plan backed by a $112 billion infrastructure investment to deliver the roads and infrastructure needed to keep our state moving.
“This includes significantly upgrading what is one of the country’s busiest highways, to help ease congestion through Wyong so that local residents and visitors can get to where they need to quickly and safely.”
The $420 million project will upgrade the Pacific Highway through Wyong, duplicating the highway between Johnson Road and Cutler Drive.
Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King, said, “This section of the Pacific Highway connects Wyong’s growing residential and business districts to the north with the commercial and industrial areas to the south.
“World-class infrastructure networks are the backbone of our nation, and the improved access provided through projects like these deliver opportunities for regional employment and business growth.”
The existing Wyong River road bridge will also be replaced with two new road bridges, increasing clearance heights for River Road and South Tacoma Road.
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said, “All motorists and our freight sector need safe and efficient regional road networks, particularly along arteries like the Pacific Highway.
“Since 2011, the New South Wales Government has been upgrading the Pacific Highway from Sydney to the Queensland border, making it easier to get from A to B along the coast.
“I welcome this announcement; the fast-tracking of this funding will play a key role in creating local jobs and keeping regional communities connected.”
The works are currently in the planning phase, with the delivery schedule to be determined as planning and development works progress.