Safety work on Great Western Highway

14 January 2019

Motorists are advised of work this week on the Great Western Highway for landscaping between Kelso and Raglan.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the NSW Government announced $30 million in funding in June for the Great Western Highway project upgrade, to increase safety for motorists and ease traffic congestion on this key commuter route for residents and freight in Western NSW and Sydney.

“The first stage of work involves removing four hazardous trees along the highway, from Ashworth Drive to Ceramic Avenue,” Mr Toole said.

“After a thorough inspection of all trees was carried out, four were found to pose a safety risk to motorists and pathway users due to their condition and location.

“No decision has been made regarding any other trees and consultation with the community, Greening Bathurst and Bathurst Regional council will continue before any other landscaping decisions are made.”

Mr Toole said Roads and Maritime Services is committed to including urban design and landscaping as an integral part of the new project design.

“Roads and Maritime will ensure the project includes space for a shared cycleway, landscaping and an avenue of trees,” he said.

“Roads and Maritime will also be working with Bathurst Regional Council and Greening Bathurst regarding the landscaping plans and selection of tree species during the Concept and Detailed Design.

“Community feedback is an important step and everyone will have an opportunity to comment once the concept plans are complete, which is expected to be in early 2019.”

Work will start on Thursday 17 January and is expected to be completed by Friday 18 January, weather permitting. Work hours will be between 7am and 5pm.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks motorists for their patience during this time.

For the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

Visitors to Lithgow Small Arms Museum will soon noticed changes to the centre thanks to an $82,000 NSW Government grant.

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