Construction starts on highway duplication between Kelso and Raglan

28 January 2021

Work has begun on a $45 million project to make a safer and more efficient Great Western Highway east of Bathurst.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said work to duplicate the highway between Kelso and Raglan would benefit locals, tourists and freight operators on this popular stretch of highway in the state’s Central West.

“The finished product will improve traffic flow and reduce travel times, especially during peak periods like holidays, major events and the Bathurst 1000 for the Supercars,” Mr Toole said.

Mr Toole said delivering safer and more reliable roads for regional communities with the help of locals would be a boost for the region.

“This is a large job that will support about 150 jobs in our community and benefit local businesses before its completion, expected in 2023,” Mr Toole said.

New features along the 3.6 kilometres stretch of highway include:

  • Two lanes in each direction from Ashworth Drive to Napoleon Street
  • Two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound from Napoleon Street to the east of Ceramic Avenue
  • New turning paths at highway intersections
  • Removing right turns from the highway into properties
  • Installing traffic lights at the PJ Moodie Drive intersection
  • A shared footpath from Ashworth Drive to Eugenie Street for pedestrians and bike riders

Early work for this road upgrade happened in November and December, with site establishment and utilities relocation.

Mr Toole said earthworks will commence this month including the installation of steel barriers from Bathurst Airport to Ceramic Avenue.

“We will continue to keep the community updated on the latest news and project information over the course of the next two years as we work and progress towards a Great Western Highway that meets the needs of the Central West region into the future,” Mr Toole said.

From Monday 1 February, Transport for NSW will be installing temporary safety barriers to separate the construction site from motorists. The first stage of construction requires barriers to be installed along the eastbound shoulder of the highway.

The installation of the barriers will take place over two days. The first section of barriers will be installed on Monday 1 February between Ceramic Avenue and PJ Moodie Memorial Drive (eastbound detour). The second section will be installed on Tuesday 2 February between PJ Moodie Memorial Drive and Locke Street (westbound detour). During work hours the above detour route will be in place.

This work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm and is expected to take two days to complete, between Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 February, weather permitting.

Transport for NSW is committed to working with the community, and will try to minimise the impact to nearby properties and traffic while work is being done.

For more information on the Kelso to Raglan upgrade, visit nswroads.work/kelsotoraglan or call the project information line on 1800 167 499.

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