$52.8M overhaul for Manns Rd intersections

Two problematic intersections along Manns Rd at West Gosford are set for a major overhaul, following an announcement on May 11 of more than $50M in funding for the projects in the Federal Budget.

The intersections at Narara Creek Rd and Stockyard Pl will cost $52.8M.

Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said the section of Manns Rd to be upgraded has a history of crashes, mainly near intersections and driveways.

“Upgrades to this arterial road will benefit both motorists and businesses across the Central Coast,” Wicks said.

“The work is expected to support 150 direct and indirect jobs.”

Manns Rd connects the Central Coast Hwy to the industrial area of West Gosford and the Pacific Hwy at Narara and sees hundreds of car and truck movements every day, Wicks said.

The project is expected to start construction in mid-2022 and be completed by late 2023 and forms part of a larger program to upgrade the Pacific Hwy and Manns Rd corridor between West Gosford and Ourimbah.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, welcomed the announcement.

“Traffic along this section of road is forecast to increase to about 39,000 vehicles per day in the next 20 years,” Crouch said.

“All levels of government need to work together to improve road safety and reduce travel times for motorists, while also ensuring that we minimise impacts on local communities.”

Terry Collins