Victoria Pass closures in December to deliver safety and maintenance improvements for motorists

7 December 2015

Roads and Maritime Services will close Victoria Pass on the Great Western Highway for two nights in December to deliver safety upgrades at Mount Victoria village and carry out essential maintenance.

“Roads and Maritime will be using the closure of Victoria Pass in December to limit the impact of work on the community and reduce the time needed to carry out work under traffic conditions,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“The road will be closed to traffic at the top and bottom of Victoria Pass between 8pm and 5am on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, weather permitting. “The closures will allow workers to safely and efficiently complete the repair work to reduce the impact on road users and the local community.

“The NSW and Australian Government’s $250 million joint funded project will improve safety and travel conditions for road users along the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow.

“The upgrade will be delivered in stages, starting with night work in December to install new drainage pipes across the highway at Kanimbla Valley Road, Burwood Road, Fairy Dell Road, Little Hartley and Forty Bends.

“Asphalt will also be replaced at River Lett Bridge, and further staged work including changes to intersections to make them safer, widened road shoulders and concrete footpaths for pedestrian access.

“Major work will follow in January on the Mount Victoria village safety upgrades of the Great Western Highway, including changes to intersections to make them safer and provide widened road shoulders and concrete footpaths for pedestrian access, and for the relocation of utility services and tree and vegetation removal.”

The NSW Government has also allocated $500,000 for essential maintenance work to improve safety for road users on the popular mountain pass. “Work will include road resurfacing, guard rail repairs, minor repairs to the road shoulder, as well as litter removal, drainage and vegetation maintenance and landscaping to retain the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains highway experience,” a Roads and Maritime Spokesperson said. “During this work changed traffic conditions including reduced speed limits may be in place and motorists are reminded to follow the direction of traffic controllers and allow extra travel time.

“Motorists are advised detours will be in place via the Darling Causeway, Bells Line of Road and Chifley Road between Mount Victoria and Lithgow, which will add about nine kilometres or 10 minutes to the journey. These detours are approved for B-doubles up to 19 metres long.

“Highway traffic around Mount Victoria Village will be diverted via the Bells Line of Road, Station Street and the Darling Causeway during the closures with temporary traffic changes in place to ensure the work zone is safe for local traffic. “Road users will have full access through Mount Victoria village to the top of Victoria Pass and Hartley Valley to the bottom of Victoria Pass during work. “Traffic joining the highway from Jenolan Caves Road, including traffic from Oberon, will be directed left towards Lithgow to join the detour around the pass. This will add 14 kilometres, or 15 minutes to the journey from Jenolan Caves Road to Mount Victoria via Lithgow.”

Roads and Maritime is committed to working with the community and will try to minimise the impact to nearby properties and traffic on the highway while work is being carried out. 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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