Public Comment Sought Tuggerah to Doyalson Upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is planning an upgrade of the M1 Pacific Motorway between the Tuggerah and Doyalson interchanges to improve traffic flow and safety.

The proposed upgrade involves widening the motorway to provide three lanes in each direction and rebuilding the roadway to provide a smoother and more durable surface.

Background
The M1 Pacific Motorway is a critical link in the National Land Transport Network and is part of the Sydney to Brisbane corridor, which is one of the busiest transport corridors in Australia.

The 12 kilometre section between Wyong Road, Tuggerah and the Doyalson Link Road is currently two lanes in each direction and has the highest volume of traffic of the remaining four lane sections between Sydney and the end of the motorway at Beresfield. It is used by through traffic and traffic from north of Wyong accessing the Central Coast.

The proposed upgrade would cater for the increase in traffic forecast as a result of predicted growth in the Central Coast, Hunter Region and North Coast along with greater freight demand.

Key features and benefits
The proposed upgrade includes:

– Widening a 12 kilometre section of the motorway to provide three lanes in each direction between Wyong Road at Tuggerah and the Doyalson Link Road
– Removing and replacing a nine kilometre section of concrete pavement between Wyong River and the Doyalson interchange to provide a smoother road surface
– Improving road drainage for greater wet weather safety
– Providing safety and capacity improvements to key motorway interchanges at Warnervale and Doyalson.
– Key benefits would include increased traffic capacity along the motorway, more reliable travel times, improved road safety and a smoother road surface.

Review of Environmental Factors
Roads and Maritime has carried out a review of environmental factors to assess the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposal and identify activities to manage and mitigate these impacts.

More information about the potential impacts is available in the August 2014 community update (PDF, 17MB) and review of environmental factors report.

Construction of the proposed upgrade would be disruptive for motorists, nearby residents and a range of stakeholders. Roads and Maritime will work with stakeholders during the planning process to understand and consider any issues of concern.

Next steps
Upcoming planning activities include:

– Community and stakeholder discussions
– Consultation with nearby residents
– Finalising the review of environmental factors
– Detailed design.

Subject to planning approval, the project is funded for construction by 2019.

Read full story in the Daily Telegraph: Public comment sought on M1 upgrade between Tuggerah and Doyalson

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