Tuggerah and Doyalson is the last section to be completed in a suite of upgrades to the M1 Pacific Motorway.
Three lanes in the section were opened over the weekend to speeds of 110 kilometres per hour.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the completion of the upgrade would mean safer and more efficient journeys for thousands of motorists.
“We have crossed the finish line on the Australian and NSW Government’s $391.6 million M1 upgrade, which will help people reach their destinations sooner and safer on one of Australia’s busiest roads,” Mr. McCormack said.
The Kariong to Somersby section of the motorway also recently opened to traffic, meaning cars can now travel along all three lanes through these sections.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the M1 Productivity Package had created about 2700 jobs in its delivery and was part of the NSW Government’s record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline.
“The M1 upgrades have delivered on average nearly 400 direct and indirect jobs every year since it started. About 75 per cent of the jobs on the upgrade between Tuggerah and Doyalson have gone to locals from the Central Coast and Hunter areas, which shows just how serious we are about investment in regional NSW,” Mr. Toole said.
Construction on the Tuggerah to Doyalson was completed by CBP Contractors, spanning from August 2017 through to June 2020.
Fulton Hogan completed the works from Kariong to Somersby, between April 2018 and May 2020.
Finally, Georgiou Group completed the Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection at Beresfield with construction between April 2018 and March 2019.
All of these projects had at least 70 per cent local employment.
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