Bells Line of Road corridor improvement program

The NSW Government is delivering $48 million of work to improve road safety and traffic efficiency on Bells Line of Road between Lithgow and Kurrajong Heights. These improvements to this corridor include more overtaking lanes and wider sealed shoulders.

Bells Line of Road concept map (indicative only) - click for a larger version (PDF, 377Kb).
Bells Line of Road concept map (indicative only) - click for a larger version (PDF, 377Kb).

Updates and announcements

In January 2017 we started work at Site 6. We have removed vegetation and relocated utilities. This project has been on hold since April 2017 while we investigated community feedback and concerns. Following our investigations we have decided to proceed with the project without change. Work is expected to restart in July 2017. We will notify the local community before restarting work.

Please view or download the June 2017 community update for the project.

The previously proposed overtaking lane at OT5 has been removed from the project.

Project background

In 2012, the Australian and NSW governments completed a long term strategic plan for the Bells Line of Road corridor to identify improvement works and set priorities for the next 20 years and beyond.

The plan recommends safety and traffic improvements for the existing route along the Bells Line of Road corridor. There are currently 10 identified sites for Bells Line of Road between Kurrajong Heights and Bell.

The project map page highlights the seven overtaking lanes proposed to improve safety and efficiency along the corridor.

What happens next?

Work at Site 6 will resume in late July and is expected to be complete by the end of 2017. A community notification was distributed in June 2017 providing a project update. Further information on our work schedule and changes to bus arrangements will be shared before the work resumes.

Work completed so far

  • In December 2016, Roads and Maritime completed construction at Site 2, of a one kilometre long eastbound overtaking lane, on Bells Line of Road, east of Glenara Road and Pittmans Road, Kurrajong Heights
  • In December 2016, Roads and Maritime also completed construction at Site 3, of a 1.2 kilometre westbound overtaking lane, starting 300 metres west of Tadrosse Lane, Bilpin
  • In November 2016, Roads and Maritime completed construction at Site 8, widening the road in both directions and creating a centre median to improve traffic efficiency on Bells Line of Road, between 800 metres north of Pierces Pass turn off, continuing toward Bell for 1.4 kilometres
  • In November 2015, Roads and Maritime completed construction at Site 10, widening the east and westbound lanes on Bells Line of Road about 2 km east of Darling Causeway
  • In November 2015, Roads and Maritime also completed construction at Site 9, widening the east and westbound lanes on Bells Line of Road about 4.2 km east of Darling Causeway
  • In August 2015, Roads and Maritime completed construction at Site 1, of a 700 metre westbound overtaking lane, on Bells Line of Road, four kilometres west of Kurrajong Heights
  • In September 2014, Roads and Maritime completed construction at Site 4, of a one kilometre westbound overtaking lane, on Bells Line of Road, 8.5 kilometres west of Kurrajong Heights.
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