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

Current traffic conditions

Boyd Street

  • New traffic lights are now in place
  • There is a new right turn into Boyd street from Sydney Rd
  • Works are continuing on the Boyd Street corner.

Traffic Separation near Natrad

  • Traffic has been separated near Natrad all the way to Kelso Hotel to allow works to continue on the median.

Littlebourne Street

  • Works are continuing to build the roundabout.
  • The roundabout is now linked up with pavement works from the Kelso fruit shop
  • Works will continue at Littlebourne St in the new year

Traffic Separation near Project office (Clancy Motors)

  • Traffic has been separated near the project office (Clancy Motors) and merges back together near the Gold Panner Motel.
  • This allows works at the median and at the roundabout at Ashworth Drive to continue.
  • Works will continue at this location during the new year.
  • 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.

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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