Work began this week on a major upgrade of the Pacific Hwy, between Ourimbah St and Parsons Rd, Lisarow.
The $178m project will see the highway expanded to two lanes in each direction, along with a range of other improvements.
Initial work, expected to take six weeks, will involve minor property adjustments, vegetation removal, erosion and sediment control, survey work, and setting up safe work areas for the start of earthwork.
The State Government project will improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for around 30,000 motorists using the 1.6 kilometre section of the highway each day.
A contract was awarded to Daracon Contractors in November, 2018, to deliver the upgrade, which will also see a new bridge over the railway line, new traffic lights at the intersections of Railway Cres and Tuggerah St (formerly McDonalds Rd) with the highway, a traffic lights upgrade at The Ridgeway, improved pedestrian and cycle paths along and across the highway and improved access to the railway station parking area.
Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, welcomed the start of works, which was a bi-partisan commitment made at the 2015 NSW state election, but expressed concern that the completed project would see a nett loss of parking near the railway station.
“Lisarow Station has limited parking and many commuters park on the highway verge because the carpark is full,” Mehan said.
“I’m disappointed the Government failed to amend the design when I raised the matter with it last year.
“I will continue to do all I can to ensure that there is no reduction in parking at Lisarow Station.”
But Member of the Legislative Council, Taylor Martin, said no off-street parking would be lost.
“The loss of on-street parking referred to are for places that are currently dangerous for cyclists and the commuters who park there,” Martin said.
“The number of off-street parking spaces will be unchanged.”
He said the Government would also deliver new lifts at Lisarow station to improve accessibility.
Media release, Feb 26
David Mehan, Member for The Entrance
Media release, Feb 26
Taylor Martin, Member Legislative Council
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