Kelso - Great Western Highway upgrade

The NSW Government is funding $85 million to reduce congestion and improve safety for road users and residents.

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading 2.4 kilometres of the Great Western Highway at Kelso. The highway is being widened from one to two lanes in each direction from Lee Street to just east of Ashworth Drive.

Aerial view of constrution site

Updates and announcements

Final road surface to commence

From February 5, the project team will commence night works to lay the final piece of road service.

To ensure we get the smoothest possible finished road surface it is essential that we do this final road surface at night. We will be working out the front of homes and businesses for a few hours at a time and during this time access will be restricted. All affected owners and residents will be contacted directly with further information, dates and times.

We will be working Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 5am and expect to complete the project in 20 working nights, weather permitting. We will let you know in advance if we need to do any work outside these times.

How will the work affect you?

We will make every effort to minimise noise, including arranging the work in stages at different locations. The works will begin at the Gold Panner Motel on night one and continue westbound towards Bathurst. It is expected that the works each night will cover a distance of 900m per night.

The breakdown of work is scheduled as follows:

  • Week 1 – All Westbound lanes from Gold Panner Motor Inn to Devro driveway
  • Week 2 – All Eastbound lanes from Gold Panner Motor Inn to Devro driveway
  • Week 3 – All Westbound lanes from Pat O’Leary Drive to Boyd Street
  • Week 4 – All Eastbound lanes from Pat O’Leary Drive to Boyd Street

Traffic changes

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe. Boyd Street, Ashworth Drive and Littlebourne Street will be closed during works at the roundabouts. Diversions will be in place including the Lee Street diversion which will remain open on some days for 24 hours. Traffic controllers and signage will be in place to detour vehicles around the works. Traffic lights at Pat O’Leary Drive and Boyd Street will be switched off during these works and traffic controllers will direct traffic at the intersections. Vehicle access to residents will be restricted during the works. Residents are advised to park vehicles on the other side of the road if vehicles are needed at night.

Map of the traffic changes as described in the text - click for a larger version of the image.
Map of the traffic changes - click for a larger version of the image.
Map of the traffic changes as described in the text - click for a larger version of the image.
Map of the traffic changes - click for a larger version of the image.
Map of the traffic changes as described in the text - click for a larger version of the image.
Map of the traffic changes - click for a larger version of the image.
Map of the traffic changes as described in the text - click for a larger version of the image.
Map of the traffic changes - click for a larger version of the image.

Key features and benefits

Project 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.

Project features

  • 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.

Project background

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:

  • Traffic congestion at peak times and crashes on the highway
  • Growth of Kelso with future residential developments
  • Future commercial and industrial development.

In late 2011, a preferred concept design was displayed for public comment and a report on the community issues and ideas raised was developed. This followed a preliminary options plan displayed for public consultation in 2010.

In June 2012, Roads and Maritime finalised the Review of Environmental Factors (REF).

In September 2013 the detailed design was publicly displayed.

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