Bells Line of Road - the bridge over the railway line upgrade

The NSW Government is proposing to upgrade sections of Chifley Road between Bell and Lithgow as part of the Bells Line of Road Corridor. The upgrade would provide long-term road safety benefits, more reliable travel times and improve regional access and efficiency.

Project background

Bells Line of Road is a State road which stretches from North Richmond on the north-western outskirts of Sydney to Bell, at the intersection with the Darling Causeway. At this point it becomes Chifley Road which then goes to Clarence and into Lithgow on the western side of the Blue Mountains.

Between February 2012 and December 2013, a number of safety features were implemented in the Scenic Hill area, including weather activated reduce speed signs, road resurfacing and speed activated curve advisory signs.

These features have reduced vehicle crashes in the area.

With the improved safety at Scenic Hill and with the availability of funding for the project, the replacement of the bridge at Clarence was determined to be a higher priority.

The NSW Government has allocated $2.5 million in 2017/18 to continue planning to improve safety on Chifley Road by building a new bridge with an improved alignment across the railway line at Clarence.

Key features

Key features of the road bridge across the railway line at Clarence proposal include:

  • Replacing and removing the existing bridge across the Main Western railway line
  • Widening and realigning Chifley Road to connect to the new bridge
  • Upgrading the intersection of Chifley Road and the road into the Clarence Colliery.

Review of Environmental Factors

Roads and Maritime displayed a Review of Environmental Factors in October 2016 to examine the potential impact of the proposed upgrade to Bells Line of Road / Chifley Road and outline measures to reduce and manage the impacts.

The Review of Environmental Factors has now been determined and a total of 10 submissions were received, which resulted in no changes to the project.

The Review of Environmental Factors followed the display of a preliminary concept design earlier in 2016 which encouraged community and stakeholder feedback to help guide our decision making and design.

Next steps

The contract for the detailed design was awarded to Arcadis who will complete 80% design by the end of May. The project will begin the construction tender process later this year.

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