East and west sections of Great Western Highway upgrade near final design


Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole said the final design for the groundbreaking upgrade is getting closer, with major construction work on track to start on the western section early next year.

“The Great Western Highway upgrade is quickly becoming a reality. This is another chance for the community to shape this legacy project by providing feedback on updated designs for both sections,” Toole said.

“The changes between Little Hartley and the Lithgow section will provide better connections which will make traveling between east and west easier and safer, and will include improvements to service roads and a second overpass.

“Residents wishing to travel between Little Hartley and Victoria Pass will be able to cross the improved freeway without having to deal with on-road traffic.

“Pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit, with the shared path now starting in an improved car park at Berghofer’s Pass and extending to the historic village of Hartley.”

Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway said the latest designs incorporated community feedback and will be on display for further comment until November 20.

“For the ‘East’ section from Katoomba to Blackheath, one of the key design changes includes the extension of the carriageway towards Blackheath to improve connectivity and provide safer access between the improved motorway and the Great existing Western Highway,” Mr. Farraway said.

“An extension to the shared path access road has also been advanced in the Eastern Section, connecting to Valley View Road in Blackheath.

“The New South Wales Government is building the infrastructure that matters to make everyday life easier for the thousands of motorists who use the Great Western Highway every day.”

You can see updated designs on the NSW Roads website.

The West Section design will be available at Lithgow Borough Council Administration Centre, Lithgow Library Learning Center and Hartley Fresh & Café. The East Section design will be available at the Blue Mountains City Council Administration Center and the Blackheath Community Centre.

Information sessions will be held so that the community can discuss with the design team:

  • Design changes from Katoomba to Blackheath and presentation of Medlow Bath REF determination and Q&A
    • Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., online
    • Tuesday, November 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath
  • Design changes from Little Hartley to Lithgow
    • Thursday, November 3, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., online
    • Wednesday, November 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Hartley Community Hall

Registrations for all sessions or a request for a telephone consultation must be made online

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Rozella J. Cook