$70 million on roads upgrade for Hartley

UNITED FRONT: Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Member for Calare John Cobb met at River Lett Hill for the latest roadworks announcementIN the latest development in the long running saga of the Mt Victoria to Lithgow highway upgrade, state and federal representatives joined forces this week to confirm an imminent $70 million outlay on upgrades.

The proposed work falls far short of the highway deviation through Hartley Valley that has been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent years but involves extensive safety upgrades.

Federal Member for Calare John Cobb and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay met the media at River Lett Hill on Thursday to announce the approval of a $70 million safety upgrade of the Great Western Highway.

Mr Cobb said this funding forms part of the Australian and NSW Governments eventual $250 million Great Western Highway upgrade from Katoomba to Lithgow.

“These works are important for the Hartley Valley and Lithgow communities, as well as those from the Central West who regularly drive the Great Western Highway to Sydney,” Mr Cobb said.

“The Hartley Valley section of the Great Western Highway handles nearly 1000 vehicles per day with heavy vehicles making up 16 per cent of this figure.

“This $70 million in funding will be spent on a number of locations around Hartley Valley where safety issues have been identified.”

Minister Gay said the announcement was another reminder how the NSW Liberals and Nationals are working together to deliver infrastructure communities expect and deserve.

“There were 103 crashes on this section of the Great Western Highway between 2009 and 2013 at great social and economic cost to the region and NSW more broadly,” Mr Gay said.

“Constructing turning bays, access roadways to nearby properties and lane extensions will improve safety for travellers and improve traffic flows along this road.”

Work will commence later this year and will be completed in mid-2017, weather permitting.

THE key features of the highway work are: SAFETY works over 10km from the bottom of Victoria Pass to the eastern end of the Forty Bends.INTERSECTION improvements at Coxs River Road, Ambermere Drive, Baaners Lane, Browns Gap Road, Jenolan Caves Road, Blackmans Creek Road, Mid Hartley Road, Carroll Drive and Old Bathurst Road.CARRIAGEWAY realignment from River Lett Hill to Forty Bends.TURNING bays and better access to properties.EXTENSION of downhill overtaking lanes at River Lett.The project is being fast tracked to link up with the previously announced realignment work scheduled for the Forty Bends section of the highway.

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