Great Western Highway upgrade – Kelso to Raglan

In June 2018, the NSW Government announced $30 million in funding to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan. Roads and Maritime Services 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.

Updates and announcements

Following the NSW Government’s funding announcement in June 2018, early investigation work on the highway upgrade is being completed. The work will include survey and geotechnical investigations along the project footprint, and the findings of this investigation work will be used to inform the highway upgrade design.

While project work is being carried out changed traffic conditions will be in place as required for the safety of workers, pedestrians and motorists. Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

Project background

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.

Roads and Maritime 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, investigation of a bypass at Blackheath and Mount Victoria, and road safety improvements from Katoomba to Mount Victoria.

Project benefits

  • Reduced congestion, including during major events and holiday periods
  • Greatly improved pavement smoothness with reduction in maintenance requirements
  • Improved access to Bathurst Airport
  • Improved connections for regional communities
  • Improved road safety for all road users
  • Reduced vehicle operating costs

Project features

The key features of the project include:

  • Upgrading 3.6 kilometres of highway beginning in Kelso and ending to the east of Raglan
  • Upgrading the highway to include two lanes travelling in each direction
  • Constructing a new, strong, smooth highway surface
  • Improving turn paths at intersections along the stretch
  • Installing a concrete median to improve safety.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime will be completing important investigation work for the project until  early 2019. Following this, construction is expected to start in Mid 2019, subject to planning and funding approvals.  

Roads and Maritime 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.

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