The NSW Government is continuing to plan for the future upgrade of a section of the Great Western Highway at Kelso. Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is managing the upgrade.
The 2.4 kilometre project will extend from just west of Stockland Drive intersection to just east of Ashworth Drive near the Gold Panner Motor Inn. The project will widen the highway to four lanes, improve intersections and separate opposing directions of traffic.
Latest news september 2013 - detailed design on display
The detailed design is now complete and on display from 9 September until 27 September 2013.
Detailed design was started in April 2012 to refine the preferred concept design. The detailed design reflects community feedback from consultation on the preferred concept design, Review of Environmental Factors and information collected during site investigations carried out in 2012. It also addresses issues raised during meetings with stakeholders, business owners and operators, property owners and residents held over the last 18 months.
The latest community update and the detailed design plan can be viewed on the project documents page.
Members of the project team will be available to discuss the detailed design at the old Evans Shire Council meeting room, 7 Lee Street, Kelso.
- Tuesday 17 September from 2pm until 6pm
- Wednesday 18 September from 10am until 2pm
Public display locations
- Bathurst Regional Council foyer, 158 Russell Street, Bathurst, Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.45pm.
- Bathurst Motor Registry, corner of Mitchell Highway and Bradwardine Road. Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm; and Saturday 8.30am – 12 noon.
- Kelso Hotel, corner of Great Western Highway and Lee Street. Open: Monday to Sunday 11am-11pm.
About the detailed design
The detailed design provides:
- An additional two lanes to improve traffic flow and relieve existing congestion on the highway.
- A concrete median to separate opposing lanes of traffic. This would reduce the number of rear-end crashes by controlling where people can turn right. Most right hand turns would no longer be possible. Left turns in and out of side roads and driveways are retained.
- New pedestrian and cyclist access along both sides of the highway, and across the highway.
- Improved landscaping to enhance the visual appeal of the eastern gateway to Bathurst.
- Duplication of Boyd Creek Bridge.
- Upgraded intersections, as follows:
- Stockland Drive - new traffic lights and u-turn bay to provide safer traffic turns onto highway.
- Boyd Street – new protected right turn bay providing all traffic turning movements.
- Gilmour Street – upgraded pedestrian crossing and intersection kerbs to allow heavy vehicles to turn safely.
- View Street – new protected right turn bay for right turn into View Street. Left-in and left-out turns would not change, but no right turn out.
- Pat O'Leary Drive – new traffic lights and protected right turn bays for east and west bound traffic.
- Two new large roundabouts at Littlebourne Street and Ashworth Drive to allow drivers to access premises on either side of the road.
New design features
- Bus stop on the north side near Boyd Street moved east to the end of the footway. South side bus stop retained near current location.
- All power lines would be relocated underground.
- Two new pedestrian refuge crossings. One at the end of the footway opposite the takeaway shop, and the second near the Boyd Creek Bridge opposite the fruit and vegetable shop.
- Right turn bay for eastbound traffic at Devro at the new driveway on the east side of the property.
- Right turn bay for westbound traffic at Bathurst Supa Centre (near Harvey Norman).
- Roadside tree planting between Littlebourne Street and Ashworth Drive.
- Entrance to Bathurst signs on the new roundabouts at Littlebourne Street and Ashworth Drive.
- Low plantings on new roundabouts at Littlebourne Street and Ashworth Drive.
- New retaining walls and fences for some properties. All retaining walls facing the highway are proposed to be built using Bathurst heritage bricks.
The project will be delivered in two parts. Early work will be from Stockland Drive to Gilmour Street and a construction contract from Gilmour Street to Ashworth Drive.
- Stockland Drive to Gilmour Street
To improve safety, new traffic lights and u-turn bay at Stockland Drive are to be completed as early work. Other work in this stage includes the upgrade of the kerbs at Gilmour Street, utility adjustments (communication cables) and road resurfacing between Stockland Drive and Gilmour Street. The work is expected to start in late 2013.
- Gilmour Street to Ashworth Drive
Subject to construction funding, the upgrade from Gilmour Street to Ashworth Drive is the second part of the Kelso upgrade project. The work includes relocating utilities (gas, water, power, and communication cables), upgrading intersections and rebuilding and widening the road.with features listed above.
RMS would complete the early work by mid-2014, weather permitting. The Gilmour Street to Ashworth Drive stage would be tendered and a construction contractor appointed by RMS to complete the work.
RMS would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and input as the project progresses.