$85 million Great Western Highway at Kelso on track

Monday, 15 August 2016

Motorists on the Great Western Highway are starting to reap the benefits of the $85 million Great Western Highway upgrade at Kelso. From this week, traffic will be diverted onto the new eastbound lanes from Boyd Street to just west of the Boyd Creek Bridge.

The 2.4 kilometre stretch is being upgraded to reduce congestion and improve safety. The upgrade included widening the road to two lanes in each direction from Lee Street to just east of Ashworth Drive.

Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said this project is critical in supporting the future population growth of Kelso.

“The NSW Government is investing millions of dollars to upgrade the Great Western Highway at Kelso to ease congestion, support future business opportunities and ensure the region has the right infrastructure as the population grows,” Mr Gay said.

“This major traffic switch is an important milestone and ensures the entire upgrade remains on track to be complete midway next year.”

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said this week’s traffic diversion comes after traffic was switched onto the two new eastbound lanes between Boyd Street and the east of View Street in May to allow work to start on the new westbound lanes.

“Only one lane of traffic in each direction will be in place until later in the project when all four lanes are opened,” Mr Toole said.

“Once traffic has been switched onto the new lanes, the existing road will be removed and the westbound lanes and new Littlebourne Street roundabout will be built.”

A temporary roundabout will also replace the traffic lights at Littlebourne Street to allow a permanent roundabout to be built.

The project is due for completion in mid-2017, weather permitting.

The newly tested $1.4 million Raglan Creek flood diversion channel which directs flood waters away from the Great Western Highway and towards the Macquarie River has proven to be a success in recent heavy rains.

MEDIA: Natalie Heazlewood | 0419 173 927

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