Bells Line of Road - Chifley Road

Chifley Road upgrade - Scenic Hill and Clarence Bridge over Rail

The NSW Government is proposing to upgrade sections of Chifley Road between Bell and Lithgow as part of the Bells Line of Road Corridor. The upgrade would provide long-term road safety benefits, more reliable travel times and improve regional access and efficiency.

On 25 June 2018 the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight announced $95M in funding allocated across the next three years to plan and carry out a range of upgrade projects on the Great Western Highway and Chifley Road between Katoomba and Lithgow.

Project information

Clarence Bridge over Rail upgrade

Transport for NSW awarded the contract for construction of the new bridge and demolition of existing bridge to Quickway Constructions Pty Ltd.

Construction of the bridge is now nearing completion and this has taken around six months to complete.

Work on the approaches to the new bridge is progressing well and is expected to be completed mid 2020.

During construction, speed limits will be restricted to 40km/h and 60km/h with delays expected. Please keep to the speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. 60km/h speed restriction will be in place over the holiday period.

Scenic Hill upgrade

Transport for NSW is planning investigation work on the Scenic Hill upgrade project for early 2020 while the design progresses.

Bells Line of Road is a State road which stretches from North Richmond on the north-western outskirts of Sydney to Bell, at the intersection with the Darling Causeway. At this point it becomes Chifley Road which then goes to Clarence and into Lithgow on the western side of the Blue Mountains.

The combination of narrow lanes and shoulders and poor road alignment has led to a high crash rate along Chifley Road.

The proposal is to upgrade Scenic Hill, located about 3km east of Lithgow and replace the Clarence Road over rail bridge located about 5km west of Bell.

Key features of the road bridge across the railway line at Clarence will include:

  • Replacing and removing the existing bridge across the Main Western railway line
  • Widening and realigning Chifley Road to connect to the new bridge
  • Upgrading the intersection of Chifley Road and the road into the Clarence Colliery.

Key features of the upgrade at Scenic Hill will include:

  • Widening and realigning Chifley Road at Scenic Hill and providing an additional descending lane and median barrier
  • Improving the intersection at the Lithgow ex-Prisoner of War Memorial on Scenic Hill
  • Providing improved concrete drains along road cuttings.

A Review of Environmental Factors for Bells Line of Road – Chifley Road Upgrade Bridge replacement over the railway line at Clarence and the upgrade of Scenic Hill has now been determined and published.

Please view or download a copy of:

Clarence Road Bridge upgrade

The construction of the new bridge is nearing completion and the bridge is expected to be opened to traffic in early 2020.

After the new bridge has been built and opened to traffic the existing bridge will be demolished during a scheduled rail shut down.

Roadworks will continue till mid 2020.

Scenic Hill upgrade

Design work is ongoing, further investigation works are planned for early 2020.

Project documents

Project notifications

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November 2018 project notification

Investigation work on Chifley Road, east of Lithgow from Monday 26 November 2018.

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Project updates

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October 2017 project update

Bells Line of Road Corridor - Chifley Road upgrade - Clarence Road rail bridge.

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September 2016 project update

Bells Line of Road Corridor - Chifley Road upgrade - Scenic Hill and Clarence road bridge.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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September 2016 frequently asked questions

Bells Line of Road Corridor - Chifley Road upgrade - Scenic Hill and Clarence road bridge.

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Contact us

For more information on this project, please contact our project team:

Phone: 1800 874 897

Email: ChifleyRoadUpgrade@rms.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Chifley Road Upgrade project team, Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 334 Parkes NSW 2870

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