Western region

Katoomba to Lithgow - upgrade of the Great Western Highway

Great Western Highway, east of Medlow Bath towards Katoomba

Under Section 95A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999 public comment was invited on the Purple Copper Butterfly documents but no public comments were received.  To view the documents click here

NOTICE REGARDING RETRACTION OF COMMUNITY UPDATE NOVEMBER 2013

Options Report for Katoomba to Mount Victoria road safety upgrade
Roads and Maritime Services would like to apologise for the unintended distribution of the community update dated November 2013 for the Katoomba to Mount Victoria road safety upgrade project.

Key investigations for the publication of this Options Report are not yet complete and the community update was delivered in error by Australia Post.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Roads and Maritime is committed to consulting with the community about this important safety upgrade and will be progressing community consultation in the New Year when the Options Report is complete.

The Australian and NSW governments are investing $250 million to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow. Roads and Maritime Services is managing these projects. To view more details on each of the upgrade projects please click on the menu, on the left hand side of this screen.

The community information number is 1800 035 733 (toll free).

The project email address is K2Lupgrade@rms.nsw.gov.au


RECENT NEWS – Point-to-Point camera installation starts


Work is expected to start in late March 2014 for the installation of the cantilever structures to support point-to-point camera systems at Hartley and the top of River Lett Hill.

Once installed, point-to-point speed enforcement will cover the five kilometre section of the Great Western Highway between Hartley and River Lett Hill.

Point to point cameras measure the time it takes a heavy vehicle to travel between two points and then calculates the vehicle's average speed.

If the average speed is higher than the speed limit for the length of road, the driver will be penalized for speeding.

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 5pm and is expected to be completed by mid-May, with a break over the Easter holidays to minimize the impact on traffic, weather permitting.

November 2013 – Community feedback invited for proposed safety upgrades


Mount Victoria village

Roads and Maritime has prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposed safety upgrade of Mount Victoria village. Road designs were last shown to the community in late August 2013, for wider stakeholder consideration. Roads and Maritime considered feedback received when preparing the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the upgrade.

Please refer to the Mount Victoria Review of Environmental Factors page to view all information relating to these safety upgrades.

Hartley Valley

Roads and Maritime has prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposed safety upgrade of Hartley Valley. Road designs were last shown to the community in October 2012, for wider stakeholder consideration. Roads and Maritime considered feedback received when preparing the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the upgrades.

Please refer the Hartley Valley Review of Environmental factors page to view all information relating to these safety upgrades.

Next steps

Community feedback for the two packages of safety upgrades is invited until 7 February 2014. Roads and Maritime will consider this feedback in the design of the safety upgrades. Preliminary designs in response to this feedback will be outlined in the following reports that will be made available in early 2014 for review by the community:

  • Submission report for Mount Victoria
  • Submission report for Hartley Valley.

Forty Bends Upgrade

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Forty Bends upgrade. Roads and Maritime has approved the proposal and determined the upgrade should proceed with six main design refinements. More information is available on the Forty Bends upgrade page. The Forty Bends submissions report can be viewed or downloaded on the Forty Bends upgrade documents page of this website.

The three lane upgrade at Forty Bends has been prioritised as the first stage to proceed to construction. This will help reduce crashes and road closures due to black ice. Generally this work will improve safety and reliability for road users. Work is expected to start in 2014.