The first major construction work on the Great Western Highway Upgrade project between Katoomba and Lithgow to begin in Medlow Bath.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the head contractor for this section, Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, will lead work on the upgrade to double lane capacity and improve safety and turning options along a 1.2 kilometre stretch of highway between Railway Parade and just south of Bellevue Crescent.
“By building a strong economy the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is able to invest in the infrastructure projects that will keep our state moving forward and improve the lives of our communities,” Mr Farraway said.
“This is a major milestone in this legacy project which will deliver a better road through the mountains for the thousands of people who use it every day.
“Crews will begin the road widening work on the eastbound section of the highway. They’ll build a central traffic median then switch all traffic onto this section before commencing work to duplicate the westbound lane.”
A site compound will be built next to the United Service Station, and crews will also be conducting some minor clearing of shrubs and other vegetation as well as installing fencing and traffic barriers within the project site.
Mr Farraway said designs for a new pedestrian bridge at Medlow Bath were close to being finalised with construction of the bridge expected to begin towards the end of this year.
“The whole package of work at Medlow Bath is scheduled for completion in early 2025.”
Once complete, there will be four traffic lanes separated by a median with dedicated right turning lanes, new traffic lights at the intersection of the highway and Bellevue Crescent including a left turning bay, and a new pedestrian bridge for improved access from the train station across the highway to the other side of the road.
The Australian and NSW governments have committed more than $2.5 billion towards upgrading the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow.
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