Motorists are enjoying safer and faster journeys through Ettalong, with the Maitland Bay Drive and Picnic Parade intersection upgrade now complete.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government invested $7 million in the project to reduce congestion and improve access in and out of Ettalong Beach.
“We know how important projects like these are to improving journeys in busy and fast growing areas like the Central Coast,” Mr Toole said.
“This is great news for the 19,000 motorists who use this intersection every day and for supporting tourism to this beautiful part of the region.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the intersection was a critical link between Ettalong Beach, Woy Woy and the suburbs on the eastern side of the Rip Bridge including Empire Bay and Kincumber.
“The creation of a new, raised roundabout at this intersection makes it significantly easier to turn exist the Ettalong town centre using Picnic Parade onto Maitland Bay Drive,” Mr Crouch said.
“In addition to the roundabout, concrete medians, new shared pathways, pedestrian refuge and on-road cycle lanes, a mature palm tree was recently installed in an overnight operation as part of landscaping of the upgrade.
“Construction work has been underway for the past 10 months and I want to thank the fantastic Transport for NSW team who did everything possible to minimise disruption for motorists.
“This project has also supported 20 jobs for Central Coast residents and provided work for five local suppliers.”
Final line marking work on the intersection will be carried out next month, after the road surface has settled.
For more information, go to: nswroads.work/MaitlandBayDrive.