Kelso - Great Western Highway upgrade

The NSW Government has funded $104 million to reduce congestion and improve safety for road users and residents.

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

Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole along with Western Regional Manager, Phil Standen and project team
Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole along with Western Regional Manager, Phil Standen and project team

Updates and announcements

Kelso - Great Western Highway upgrade – opened to traffic

The Kelso – Great Western Highway upgrade officially opened to traffic on Tuesday 21 March 2017.

Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole officially opened the upgraded Great Western Highway at Kelso three months ahead of schedule.

Mrs Pavey said the NSW Government provided $104 million for the project to double the capacity of a 2.8 kilometre section of the Great Western Highway which provides a safer and more efficient road for all road users.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said more than a thousand people worked on the project which was completed three months ahead of schedule despite some challenges, including 106 days of wet weather.

“While 138 trees had to be removed to make way for the project, it is a point of pride that work has begun to plant more than 600 trees to replace these, along with 4000 shrubs and 8000 groundcover plants.”

Planning for the project was estimated at $85 million. However, the final $104 million actual cost was due to difficulties with relocating all of the utilities on the site, additional landscaping and soil remediation.

More than 69,000 cubic metres of earth was moved to make way for 32,188 tonnes of concrete and 20,822 tonnes of asphalt.

We would like to thank motorists and nearby residents for their continued patience throughout this project.

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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