Hartley Valley to Forty Bends upgrade

About this project

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the safety upgrades and road improvements on the Great Western Highway between Hartley Valley and Forty Bends. The project was part of the $250 million upgrade package on the Great Western Highway, jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

Key features

  • Improvements along the existing highway, including changes to curves to make them safer
  • Precast arch structure over Whites Creek and concrete pavement at Forty Bends to lessen the risk of black ice formation
  • Five main intersection upgrades:
    • Coxs River Road and Ambermere Drive
    • Baaners Lane and Browns Gap Road
    • Old Bathurst Road
    • Jenolan Caves Road and Blackmans Creek Road
    • Daintree Close
  • More arrows and reflective markers on the highway to provide clear definition of lanes
  • Provision of concrete and wire rope safety barriers
  • Improved road surface.

Project snapshot

  • Contractor: Roads and Maritime Services appointed Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Start date of major construction: December 2014
  • Completion date: October 2017
  • Project value: $133.2million
  • Australian Government contribution: $120.7 million
  • NSW State Government contribution: $12.5 million.

Project documents

Out of hours work notification

July 2017

Out of hours work from Hartley Valley to Forty Bends from Tuesday 1 August 2017

Project update

March 2017

Traffic change at Forty Bends

Project update

January 2017

Out of hours work

Community update

January 2017

Victoria Pass Great Western Highway westbound lane closure and asphalting at the bottom of Victoria Pass

November 2016

Traffic changes

November 2016

Out of hours work on the Great Western Highway safety upgrade from Hartley Valley to Forty Bends

August 2016

Temporary closure of westbound rest area – River Lett Hill

August 2016

Postponement of asphalt work on the Great Western Highway through Hartley Valley

August 2016

Questions and answers – Great Western Highway Hartley Valley to Forty Bends safety upgrade

July 2016

Possible delays on the Great Western Highway from Hartley Valley to River Lett Hill from Wednesday 8 June

June 2016

Construction continues on the Great Western Highway safety upgrade from Hartley Valley to Forty Bends

May 2016

Hartley Valley to Forty Bends safety upgrade construction update

February 2016

Forty Bends and safety upgrades construction update – February 2016

Hartley Valley to Forty Bends

December 2014

Start of work community update

Whites Creek REF Addendum

October 2014

Whites Creek REF Addendum October 2014

Hartley Valley community update

November 2013

Community update - November 2013

Forty Bends and safety upgrades community update

October 2012

Forty Bends and safety upgrades community update - October 2012

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