Central Coast Highway upgrade contract awarded

The NSW Government has awarded the concept design contract for its 3.8km Central Coast Highway upgrade between Wamberal and Bateau Bay.

WSP Australia was awarded the contract.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said engaging WSP Australia to develop the design to upgrade the road is a significant step towards driving better journeys on the Central Coast.

“The NSW Government’s $387 million investment in widening the highway to two lanes in both directions between Wamberal and Bateau Bay will improve travel time and safety for the 26,500 motorists who use this stretch of road daily,” Mr Toole said.

“The upgrade will also improve economic growth and productivity, particularly during busy holiday periods, and delivers on our commitment to build a safer, stronger regional NSW.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the development of concept designs follows the community consultation process in late 2020 and geotechnical work in March 2021.

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

The second stage of the concept design is expected to be open for community consultation in 2022, along with the environmental assessment, allowing local residents to provide further feedback as the project progresses.

A concept design and environmental assessment for the Tumbi Road intersection, which is being fast-tracked, is expected to be open for community consultation in late 2021.

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