Work has begun on two major upgrades on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Beresfield and between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges in Australia.
The Australian and New South Wales governments have jointly committed A$391.6m ($300.81m) for the two upgrades, as well as the Tuggerah and Doyalson upgrade already underway.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said: “Currently, there are more than 70,000 light and heavy vehicles travelling on the M1 between the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney daily, and with these numbers expected to increase, the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrades will tackle congestion and future-proof one of Australia’s busiest roads.”
The Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection at Beresfield would be expanded with additional lanes and new cycle lanes and replacing the existing roundabout with traffic lights.
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that the upgrades at Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection at Beresfield would improve traffic flow and safety.
Pavey said: “The first stage of work involves the removal of traffic islands and infilling the roundabout, widening road shoulders and placing barriers, future-proofing this key north-south corridor.”
Federal member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said work would also begin on the Kariong to Somersby interchanges upgrade.
Wicks said: “We’re widening an 8km stretch of the M1 between the Somersby and Kariong interchanges, taking it from four lanes to six, and upgrading three of the four busy interchange ramps that’s the main access to and from the motorway to the Central Coast Highway and Gosford.”
Major work is also being taken up between the Tuggerah and Doyalson interchanges, with the two northbound travel lanes across Wyong River opening to normal traffic following completion of work on the third northbound lane.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald said work to widen the southbound lanes across Wyong River would also start.
MacDonald said: “This will involve implementation of a southbound lane separation for 1km, from just north of Alison Road to just past Wyong River, and the changed traffic arrangements are expected to be in place until June.”
The upgrade at Beresfield is expected to be complete in 2019 and the remaining upgrades in 2020.