Kelso - Great Western Highway upgrade

Construction has started on the upgrade of the Great Western Highway at Kelso. Roads and Maritime Services is managing the upgrade. Burton Contractors are the construction contractor.

Updates and announcements

Changed traffic conditions

There are changed traffic conditions for motorists entering and exiting the retail precinct on the Great Western Highway opposite McDonalds in Kelso.

The switch of westbound traffic on the highway to two new traffic lanes and the demolition of the remainder of the Boyd Creek Bridge has resulted in changed traffic conditions for motorists.

Road users travelling from Bathurst enter the precinct immediately after the bridge.

Road users travelling from Sydney enter the site at the traffic lights.

All traffic now exits the site from the temporary driveway on the Bathurst side of the centre carpark to merge with traffic at the traffic lights.

There is no right turn to Bathurst.

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 (JPG, 311Kb).
Map of the traffic changes - click for a larger version of the image (JPG, 311Kb).

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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