Work on the way for Peninsula road upgrades

Media Release

DC290/2017

21 September 2017

Joint release with:

Lucy Wicks

Federal Member for Robertson

Ian Reynolds

Administrator for Central Coast Council

Preparations are gearing up for works to start next month on two important Central Coast road upgrades at Ryans Road, Umina Beach and Davis Street, Booker Bay.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said $1.65 million had been approved by the Australian Government to fund both projects, which would support the region's economy and lifestyle.

“Getting on with both of these projects is going to help Central Coast residents, visitors and businesses get around the region safely and efficiently. Lucy Wicks pledged at the last election to make sure these upgrades happened, and today we are here to confirm they have been signed, sealed and, next month, started,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the Ryans Road and Davis Street upgrades would improve the road pavement, drainage and pedestrian facilities.

“For too long, local roads on the Peninsula have been neglected. At the last election, we committed to fixing these roads that needed urgent work. It's great to see now that construction is just around the corner,” Mrs Wicks said.

“These projects will deliver better ride quality, drainage and footpaths, regulating on-street parking by the provision of kerbs and gutters and in doing so improving safety for both motorists and pedestrians.”

Central Coast Council Administrator Ian Reynolds welcomed the $1.65 million federal investment in the two roads.

“This federal investment in our roads is very welcome and will see improvement to the drainage while also linking pedestrian and bus facilities to existing services and offering local residents the quality road infrastructure they deserve,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Council looks forward to continuing to work with the Federal Government to deliver the infrastructure our growing community need, want and value.”

Construction on the projects is due to start next month and be completed by mid-2018. The Australian Government has committed $1.65 million and Central Coast Council $1 million to fund these two projects as part of the Robertson Road Upgrade Package.

Murray Street at Booker Bay is also receiving a $1.1 million upgrade by Central Coast Council, while work is underway to fix Lone Pine Avenue at Umina Beach between Rabaul Avenue and Ocean Beach Road with $213,852 in funding from the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery program.