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Federal Funding to make F3 Wider and Safer

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

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Release Date: 17/05/2001

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 12175

I am pleased to announce that the Federal Government will provide $80m to fast track the widening of the F3 Freeway between the Hawkesbury River and Calga on the New South Wales central coast.

The F3 Freeway between Sydney and Gosford is one of the busiest National Highway corridors, carrying 40,000 vehicles daily.

The Government's decision to fund the widening of the F3 follows strong advocacy by the Member for Robertson Mr Jim Lloyd, who has lobbied for improvements to the efficiency of this important link between Sydney and the Central Coast.

Travel delays due to congestion or accidents are becoming more common on the F3, particularly between the Hawkesbury River Bridge and Mount White, a section which has a high accident rate.

The Federal Government funding of $80m will finance the widening from two lanes to three lanes each way. This will provide consistent three lane travel through the Hawkesbury River and Mt White areas, improving road safety, travel speed and traffic capacity.

The funding will come from the $1.6 billion road funding package announced by the government last year.

To minimise intrusions into neighbouring bushland, the work will be predominantly within the existing road reserve and along the existing alignment.

17 May 2001

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