Great Western Highway at Raglan

Great Western Highway Upgrade Program - Kelso to Raglan

The NSW Government has committed $45 million in funding to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan to improve safety and efficiency, and reduce travel time along this section of the highway.

Kelso to Raglan upgrade map
Kelso to Raglan upgrade map

Latest news

NOV 2020

NOV 2020Kelso to Raglan upgrade set to start

More than 100 local jobs will be supported through the Kelso to Raglan upgrade on the Great Western Highway, with early works set to begin next week.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the $45 million project will deliver safer, faster and more reliable journeys through the Central West. 

“About 10,000 vehicles use the Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan every day and during big events like the Bathurst 1000 and peak holiday times, it’s even busier,” Mr Toole said.

View or download the media release.

Project information

This part of the Great Western Highway upgrade in Central Western NSW extends from Ashworth Drive in Kelso, to Ceramic Avenue at the east of Raglan, near Bathurst. The Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan is often congested during major events, holiday seasons and weekends, and the upgrade will significantly improve travel efficiency during these times.

Transport for NSW has been progressively upgrading sections of the Great Western Highway since 2015. The most recent Great Western Highway upgrade at Kelso opened to traffic in March 2017. Other nearby projects underway include the Great Western Highway duplication between Katoomba and Lithgow and safety upgrades at Glanmire, Walang and Meadow Flat with an additional 4 projects planned for construction between Lithgow and Bathurst in the next two years.

Transport for NSW is delivering this work as part of its commitment to ease traffic congestion along the Great Western Highway, improve road safety for all motorists and to support Central Western communities of NSW.

What are the project benefits?

  • Reduced congestion, particularly during major events and holiday periods.
  • A much smoother drive and reduced road maintenance requirements.
  • Improved access to Bathurst Airport.
  • Improved connections for regional communities.
  • Improved road safety for all road users.
  • Improved flood immunity of the highway.
  • Improved pedestrian and bicycle access to Kelso.

What are the project features?

  • 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.
  • Safer turning paths at intersections with the highway.
  • Removing the right turn from the Highway into property accesses to improve safety and reduce the risk of collision.
  • Installing traffic lights at the PJ Moodie intersection to improve access and safety.
  • Installation of a shared footpath from Ashworth Drive to Eugenie Street.

Transport for NSW has commenced early work on the Kelso to Raglan upgrade. This work includes installing project signage and fencing, utility relocation and site establishment as well as transferring large equipment to the site and is expected to continue through December with major construction to commence in January 2021. The project is expected to take two and a half years to complete, weather permitting.

Transport for NSW is committed to involving the community in delivering this upgrade. We will continue to work with the community and stakeholders to understand issues and minimise potential impacts. We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Project documents

Community updates

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October 2020 community update

Great Western Highway upgrade – Kelso to Raglan start of early works

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July 2019 community update

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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October 2020 frequently asked questions

Great Western Highway upgrade – Kelso to Raglan - Kelso to Raglan Industry FAQ

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July 2019 frequently asked questions

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Contact us

Phone: 1800 953 777

Email: kelsotoraglan@transport.nsw.gov.au

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