Central Coast Council in partnership with the NSW Department of Education (DET) has begun a range of upgrade works at Ernest Street, Erina primarily between Erina High and Woodport Public School.
The project will see the installation of a new roundabout, intersection improvements at James Sea Drive, road reconstruction, kerb and gutter, footpath and landscaping works.
Group Leader of Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mr Mike Dowling, said the works would help to ensure pedestrian and motorist safety during busy school pick-up and drop-off times.
“Ernest Street is a busy local thoroughfare and this project will greatly assist in improving safety and alleviating congestion,” said Mr Dowling.
“In addition to the road reconstruction works, we will also be creating additional kerbside parking and providing a more substantial ‘kiss & ride’ area to meet the needs of both schools.”
Works in Ernest Street have been funded through the NSW DET with a $435,000 contribution, with Council providing $215,000 through its Capital Works Program as well as in kind project support.
Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said that the works would benefit local residents and the entire school community.
“These works will provide families from Erina High and Woodport Public School with the assurance that their trip to and from school will be a smooth one,” said Mr Reynolds.
“This is a great example of various levels of government working together to ensure a project meets the needs of the community.
Mr Dowling also encouraged motorists to take care if travelling around Ernest Street during the construction period.
“Establishment works are currently underway and we expect that crews will be working on this project until August,” Mr Dowling added.
“There will be some minor delays, particularly during school hours and I’d like to thank the community for their patience during this time.
“Traffic control measures and warning signs will also be in place to notify drivers of any changes to traffic conditions.”