Work has commenced on the NSW Government's upgrade of Mona Vale Road.
Construction crews are onsite from today as the $140 million eastern section of the project, between Mona Vale and Ingleside, gets underway. The project includes the introduction of additional climbing and descending lanes, wider shoulders, median separation, fauna connectivity improvements and a heavy vehicle arrester bed.
Initial onsite activities will include vegetation removal, installation of traffic barriers and the establishment of a site compound.
"It's fantastic we're able to deliver this project," Rob Stokes said today.
"The Mona Vale Road upgrade has been on our community's wish list for decades.
"This project has been discussed and promised in the past - but now it's actually happening.
"A huge amount of planning and preliminary work has been completed in recent years and now the real construction activity begins.
"We're only able to deliver this upgrade because of our government's strong financial management.
"The former Labor government simply threw this project in its too hard basket and refused to fund it.
"Safety is at the forefront of this upgrade given Mona Vale Road's tragic crash history.
"I'm delighted we're seeing this major infrastructure investment in our community and it's great to have machinery on the ground and work underway," Rob Stokes said.
Early works will also commence for the upgrade of the western section of Mona Vale Road – between Ingleside and Terrey Hills. Large volumes of rock and soil must be excavated from the eastern section of the project, and this will later be reused for the construction of necessary embankments along the western section.
Further information, including construction details and a video animation of how the completed upgrade will look, is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-north/mona-vale-road/