As part of the Great Western Highway upgrade, Roads and Maritime Services is widening the existing two lane highway to a four lane divided highway from west of Ridge Street, Lawson to 400m west of Genevieve Road, Bullaburra. This $75 million project is the final stage of the upgrade of the Great Western Highway between Emu Plains and Katoomba and is fully funded by the NSW Government.
The contract for the work was awarded to to Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd and work started in early 2013. Completion is expected in late 2015, weather permitting.
Recent work includes:
- Underground services work between Ridge Street and Boronia Road, including new electricity, water, gas and telephone infrastructure is nearly complete
- The retaining walls for the new eastbound lanes are nearly completed
- The new viewing platform and station access bridge have been finished and are open for use
- Work on the new foundations and piers for the new pedestrian bridge over the highway is well advanced.
Work coming up includes:
- Completing the retaining walls for the eastbound lanes
- Completing the northern piers for the pedestrian bridge over the highway
- Completing the new eastbound lanes
- Removing the old overhead power lines.
Pedestrian bridge consultation
Two proposals for a pedestrian bridge crossing the highway to Bullaburra railway station were put to the community for comment in March - April 2012.
- Option 1 - a pedestrian bridge across the highway with ramps and stairs and no pedestrian crossing at ground level
- Option 2 - a pedestrian bridge across the highway with a lift and stairs and no pedestrian crossing at ground level.
Two information sessions were held at which a number of artists impressions of the bridge proposals were available. You can view artist impression of the two proposals in the artist impression gallery to the right.
All comments received by 9 April 2012 were taken into consideration in determining the proposal.
After considering the options and issues the NSW Government decided to proceed with a pedestrian bridge with ramps and stairs. This replaces the planned pedestrian crossing at the new traffic lights to be built on the highway at Cooranga Street. Separating pedestrians from highway traffic provides the safest crossing and will reduce the impacts on traffic flow. A ramp with stairs will always be available, whereas the lift option (option 2) may not always be, due to maintenance. For further information, see the Community Update June 2012.
Roads and Maritime will make every effort to minimise the impact of the approved project on private properties, the railway line and the railway station.