The Federal and New South Wales governments have fast tracked the Tumbi Road and Central Coast Highway intersection’s $64 million upgrade which is aimed at improving traffic flow and safety.

The Federal Government is providing $51.2 million for the upgrade and the New South Wales Government is contributing $12.8 million.

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King, said, “The Federal Government is committed to working with the New South Wales Government to ensure all road users have the safest and smoothest journeys on the road network.

“The intersection upgrade will reduce delays and improve traffic flow, as well as improve journey and reliability for motorists who travel along this key route.

“It’s an exciting next step as we continue to build the infrastructure that communities in regional New South Wales deserve”

NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister, Sam Farraway, said, “The New South Wales Government is building the infrastructure that matters to secure a brighter future for New South Wales families, communities and industry.

“About 26,500 motorists use this section of the highway daily and we are getting on with the job of improving the way people commute and connect along the coast.

“By widening the highway to two lanes in both directions, the upgrade will ensure the Central Coast Highway is prepared for future growth as we keep our state moving forward.”

This project is one component of the 3.8km Central Coast Highway upgrade between Wamberal and Bateau Bay, which includes:

  • Replacing the existing intersection roundabout with traffic lights
  • Widening the Central Coast Highway north of the intersection to two lanes in each direction
  • Providing new and upgraded footpaths and shared paths

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2027, weather permitting.

Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, said thousands of ‘Coasties’ use the Central Coast Highway each and every day, it is critical infrastructure for the community.

“The Central Coast is a rapidly growing region, and this funding will make sure our community spends less time on the roads and more time with their families,” Ms McBride said.

New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said, “This upgrade will reduce delays, queuing and improve traffic flow at the intersection, provide more reliable public transport amenities and access, and improve local walking and cycling connections.

“The New South Wales Government is committed towards keeping the state moving forward through important infrastructure projects like this, which also boosts local workforce employment opportunities right across our region.”

Mr Crouch said preparation work has already started including survey, vegetation management, utilities investigations, minor earthworks, new line marking, installing temporary pavement, drainage and placement of barriers.

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