Widening work starts on Bells Line of Road near Pierces Pass turn off

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads Andrew Gee today announced widening work has started on a section of Bells Line of Road near Bell to improve road safety.

Mr Gee said a 1.4 kilometre section would be widened near the Pierces Pass turn off as part of a $48 million program of safety work.

“Bells Line of Road is a major route connecting western Sydney and Lithgow and serves as the major alternative to the Great Western Highway via Katoomba,” Mr Gee said.

“The NSW Government is improving safety on the road, which in some sections is narrow and winding.

“Ten sites were identified for safety work with four projects already completed. Work is also under way on another two with new overtaking lanes being built at Berambing and Kurrajong Heights.

Mr Gee said widening work will start about 800 metres north of Pierces Pass turn off and continue for 1.4 kilometres towards Bell.

“Work will include widening both the east and westbound lanes to provide a safer roadway, installing a centre median to help prevent head on collisions and removing vegetation to improve line of sight for motorists,” Mr Gee added.

“The project also includes installing a high friction surface to help improve traction on the road, which is often covered by black ice during winter.”

Work hours will be from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, with work expected to be complete by July, weather permitting.

Changed traffic conditions including temporary lane closures and reduced speed limits will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

Road users should follow the direction of traffic control and allow for extra travel time.

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MEDIA: Rosie Pritchard | 0409 915 181

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