Another section of the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade open

Works have begun on two major upgrades on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Beresfield and between the Kairong and Somersby interchanges.Northbound lanes between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges have been upgraded and widened as part of the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade program.

With lanes completed the speed limit will be returned to 110 kilometres per hour.

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the opening of this section of road to its maximum capacity and speed limit is great news for the thousands of motorists who use the motorway each and every day.

“The M1 Pacific Motorway is an important link for freight travelling between Sydney and Brisbane, which is one of the busiest transport routes in Australia,” Ms. Wicks said.

“This upgrade between Kariong and Somersby interchanges will cater for the expected increase in traffic forecast as a result of growth in the Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast areas, along with increased freight demand.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the completion of this section meant the entire M1 upgrade was now on the home stretch.

“All Central Coast residents who drive to and from Sydney will be relieved to know their trip is becoming smoother, safer and faster,” Mr. Crouch said.

He said the area is expected to become home to 95,250 additional people between 2016 and 2041.

The M1 upgrades are expected to be fully opened to traffic at 110km/h by mid-2020, weather permitting.

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