Katoomba to Mount Victoria

The Australian and New South Wales governments are upgrading the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow for easier, faster and safer travel between Katoomba and Lithgow.

Great Western Highway through Blackheath
Great Western Highway at Blackheath

Roads and Maritime Services has finalised the design for the upgrade at Blackheath. We are improving road safety in Blackheath by widening the highway shoulders and providing dedicated turn lanes and other safety work.

This is the final section of work to be delivered under the $250 million Katoomba to Lithgow safety upgrades package. Road users are experiencing safer journeys and improved travel times from completed upgrades now open to traffic at Forty Bends, Hartley Valley and Mount Victoria village.

Roads and Maritime prepared a Review of Environmental Factors to examine the potential impacts of the proposed upgrade to the Great Western Highway, Katoomba to Mount Victoria, and outline measures to reduce and manage the impacts. More than 100 submissions were received after the display of the Katoomba to Mount Victoria Review of Environmental Factors in early 2016.

As a result of community feedback, the project has been through a series of design refinements which considered environmental impact and available funding, while meeting the objective to improve safety along the route.

Roads and Maritime acknowledges recent community feedback about the work proposed for the Hill 33 area between Hargraves and Jellicoe streets. We are committed to ensuring our work produces positive community and urban design outcomes. As a result of this feedback, Roads and Maritime met directly with local community group representatives to look at options around the work in this area and in particular, the material finishes of the proposed retaining wall. We will continue to explore options and engage with local stakeholders to determine the most appropriate finish for this retaining wall. We will also review the replanting in this area to reduce the impact of the retaining wall on the bushland setting. We are engaging with local stakeholder groups and Blue Mountains City Council on planting options.

Every effort has been has been made to minimise the loss of trees associated with the safety upgrade. However, some trees need to be removed to improve safety by increasing sight lines and to widen the shoulder for motorists travelling along the Great Western Highway.

The construction contract has been awarded and construction work has started. The upgrade is expected to be open to traffic in late 2019, weather permitting.

Great Western Highway, Blackheath continuing work

November 2018

Community update

November 2018

Great Western Highway, Blackheath night work

November 2018

Site compound establishment

October 2018

Blackheath utility relocation

July 2018

Community update

November 2017

Community update

January 2017

Out of hours work notification

Community update

December 2016

Submissions report

June 2016

Katoomba to Blackheath nightwork for geotech

August 2016

Updated dates for night work

Katoomba to Blackheath nightwork for geotech

May 2016

Night work for geotech

Preferred treatments report

November 2014

Road safety upgrades preferred treatments report

Community update

November 2014

Community update preferred treatments - November 2014

Community update

April 2014

Community update - April 2014

Volume 1

January 2016

Volume 2

January 2016

Volume 3

January 2016

Volume 4

January 2016

Volume 5

January 2016

Addendum

December 2017

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