Improved safety in sight from Hartley Valley to Forty Bends

3 November 2014

Motorists from Hartley Valley to Forty Bends on the Great Western Highway are the winners in today’s contract announcement to carry out improvements on the section.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upcoming works are another example of two governments working together to deliver vital transport infrastructure.

“The Australian and New South Wales Governments have provided $152 million and $14 million respectively to upgrade the highway at Forty Bends and deliver safety improvements at Harley Valley between Victoria Pass and Forty Bends,” Mr Truss said.

“Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd has been chosen for this important project in a competitive tender process which attracted eight submissions.

“The work is part of the $250 million joint funding for the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the work would improve safety for travellers and improve traffic flows along the road.

“The Hartley Valley to Forty Bends section was the scene of 103 crashes between 2009 and 2013, coming at enormous social and economic cost to the community and New South Wales more broadly,” Mr Gay said.

“Road work between the bottom of Victoria Pass and the McKanes Falls Road intersection at Hartley Valley will involve widening sections of the highway and extending the eastbound downhill overtaking lane on River Lett Hill.”

Federal Member for Calare John Cobb said the region’s busy agriculture, mining and tourism sectors meant the Great Western Highway is in continual high use.

The Great Western Highway is the main arterial road for Blue Mountains communities and serves as a crucial transport link between central and western New South Wales and the Greater Sydney area,” Mr Cobb said.

“The Hartley Valley section of the highway handles almost 1,000 vehicles daily, with heavy vehicles making up 16 per cent of that figure.”

NSW Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said this was yet another reminder the Australian and State Governments were working together to deliver vital infrastructure for regional and rural NSW.

“Work will also be carried out near Rosedale and Browns Gap Road to give drivers a longer line of sight along the highway,” Mr Toole said.

“Weather permitting, major work is expected to start at the end of the year and be completed by early 2017.”

Media Contacts:

  • For Mr Truss: Brett Heffernan 0467 650 020
  • For Mr Gay: Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976
  • For Mr Cobb : Luke Schuyler 02 6361 7138
  • For Mr Toole: Antonia Morrow 0419 468 235

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