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

Work on Site 6 is continuing and we expect to finish in late 2017, weather permitting. We have finished relocating utilities, removing vegetation, setting up a site compound, installing temporary traffic controls and adjusting the westbound lane shoulder.

Please view or download the September 2017 community update (PDF, 147Kb) about work continuing and our October 2017 community update (PDF, 291Kb) regarding implementation of our asbestos management plan.

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

Please view or download our frequently asked questions (PDF, 169Kb) for more information.

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 resumed in late July and is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

A community notification was distributed in September 2017 providing a project update. A further update was sent in October 2017 regarding the implementation of our asbestos management plan.

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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