Improvement work is progressing well on Wilfred Barrett Drive through Magenta and The Entrance North, with the first section on track to be completed by May this year.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the $22.5 million road improvement project has been funded by the NSW Government’s Safer Roads program.
“Work began during May 2021 to reduce the risk and severity of crashes on this stretch of road, with the added benefit of boosting the local economy, providing work for 60 locals and contractors along the way,” Mr Crouch said.
“This is a key route connecting The Entrance to Noraville and further to the northern parts of the Central Coast, and this project will benefit the 17,000 motorists who use it each day.”
“Work is progressing well on the upgrade of Wilfred Barrett Drive between Pelican Beach Road and Wyuna Avenue.
“This includes widening a four-kilometre section of the road to provide a one-metre wide central median, three-metre wide southbound shoulders and roadside safety barriers.
“We’re installing rumble strips on the centre and edge lines of the road to alert drivers when they are drifting from their lane – either off the road or even worse, into oncoming traffic.
“The project is also providing right turn bays into Pelican Beach Road and the car park for the Red Gum Trail walking track.”
The first section of work runs from the northern end of Wilfred Barrett Drive near Pelican Beach Road for about one kilometre south. Vegetation clearing recently began on the second section, which makes up the remaining three kilometres.
Transport for NSW expects the first section to be completed by May 2022 and the second section by November 2022, weather permitting.
For more information, visit roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/wilfred-barrett-drive-magenta-the-entrance-north