Work progressing well on Great Western Highway upgrade at Kelso
19th October 2015
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said today the Roads and Maritime Services upgrade of a 2.4 kilometre section of the Great Western Highway at Kelso is progressing well with night work to start next week.
Mr Toole said the $85 million NSW Government funded project would reduce congestion and improve safety for road users travelling along the main route between western Sydney and the Central Western area of NSW.
“The project includes widening the Great Western Highway to four lanes, duplicating Boyd Creek Bridge and improving intersections with Ashworth Drive, Littlebourne and Boyd streets,” Mr Toole said.
“A wide median will be provided between west of Stockland Drive intersection to east of Ashworth Drive near the Gold Panner Motor Inn to reduce the risk of crashes.
New pedestrian and cyclist access will be provided along the highway.”
Night work will be carried out from 25 October for four weeks, from 8pm to 6am, weather permitting, from Sundays to Thursdays to minimise disruptions to motorists.
Work will involve removing utility services on the highway between Littlebourne and Boyd streets, relocating concrete barriers along the highway, installing a new road surface on Littlebourne Street and connection of new water pipes at Ashworth Drive.
During work changed traffic conditions including reduced speed limits may be in place and motorists are reminded to follow the direction of traffic control and allow extra travel time.
“Work is progressing well on the eastern end of the project next to the Gold Panner Motor Inn where the old road has been removed and preparations are under way for the new road to be installed.
“The western end of the project between Boyd and View streets is also moving forward, where an access road has been constructed to allow access to homes while the northern half of the existing road is being removed, ready for the new road to be installed.
“The highway upgrade is expected to be completed in December next year, weather permitting,” Mr Toole said.
For more information about the upgrade, please go to the project page of the Roads and Maritime website at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/western-nsw/kelso/index.html.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.
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