About this project
The existing 2.4 kilometre length of the Great Western Highway is generally a two lane highway with eight intersections. The intersections at Littlebourne Street, Boyd Street and Gilmour Street already have traffic lights. The speed limit is 60 km/h along the length. The Great Western Highway is not continuously kerbed and guttered and not all sections have paved footpaths.
The proposed upgrade is a result of various factors:
- Traffic congestion at peak times and crashes on the highway
- Growth of Kelso with future residential developments
- Future commercial and industrial development.
In late 2010, a preliminary options plan was displayed for public comment and a report on the community issues and ideas raised is available on request to Roads and Maritime.
In late 2011, a preferred concept design was displayed for public comment and a report on the community issues and ideas raised is available on request to Roads and Maritime.
In June 2012, Roads and Maritime finalised the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and determined to proceed with the project. A submissions report addressing the issues raised by community members during the REF display is available for your information. The REF and the submissions report are available on the REF documents page.
In September 2013 the detailed design was publicly displayed. The detailed design plans are the refinement of the preferred concept design.
Key features and benefits
- Improve road safety for all road users
- Provide additional road capacity and reduce congestion
- Improve road freight efficiency
- Improve intersection arrangements
- Cater for the mix of through, local and tourist traffic, pedestrians and cyclists
- Take account of the area's current and likely future development.
- Widening of the highway to provide two travel lanes and shoulder/parking lanes on both sides of the road
- Wider travel lanes and shoulders
- Variable width concrete median
- Kerb and guttering, and paved pedestrian and cyclist pathways
- Replacement of the existing bridge at Boyd Creek and drainage improvements
- Upgraded intersections with traffic lights, roundabouts and right turn bays
- Improved landscaping.