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.
Updates and announcements
Boyd Street Traffic Separation near Natrad Littlebourne Street Traffic Separation near Project office (Clancy Motors) Motorists should allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs. Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience during the remainder of the Kelso upgrade.
Current traffic conditions
Traffic Separation near Natrad
Traffic Separation near Project office (Clancy Motors)
Motorists should allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs.
Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience during the remainder of the Kelso upgrade.
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.
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.