Mount Victoria and Hartley Valley safety upgrade

27 March 2013

Mount Victoria and Hartley Valley safety upgrade submission reports now available

More than 50 submissions were received from the local community and will be incorporated into safety upgrade plans for the Mount Victoria and Hartley Valley sections of the Great Western Highway upgrade, a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesperson said today.

“Feedback from those living near and using the highway each day is invaluable and will be incorporated into the final road design,” the spokesperson said.

“Both reports are now available on the RMS website.

“In July 2012 the Australian and NSW governments announced a $250 million revised investment program for the upgrade of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow.

“Early designs of the two safety upgrades were open for community comment from 8 to 26 October last year.

“More than 70 people attended staffed displays held in Lithgow, Hartley and Mount Victoria to view the two safety upgrade proposals.

“Forty one written responses were received during the consultation period for Mount Victoria and most were about access to private property and businesses in the local area as well as pedestrian access within Mount Victoria. Design engineering comments, road user concerns and project justification issues were also raised in the responses.

“Thirteen responses were received from community members about the Hartley Valley safety upgrade with most responses about design engineering such as intersections, road gradient, number of lanes, cycleways and speed limits.

Road user concerns, project justification, environment and heritage issues were also raised in the responses.

“RMS is using this feedback to inform the design development and environmental assessment processes.

“RMS will continue to keep the community informed as the safety upgrades progress.

“The Great Western Highway is the major arterial road linking the Sydney metropolitan area to the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Bathurst and other regional centres in the central west of the State.

“RMS will also meet with individual property owners to discuss any potential property impacts, adjustment to property boundaries or property acquisition which may be required to proceed with the upgrade,” the spokesperson said.

To view the submission reports, go to

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