The upgrade is part the Bells Line of Road Corridor Improvement Program. The first project involves a one kilometre eastbound overtaking lane on the Bells Line of Road west of Kurrajong Heights.
Acting Premier Andrew Stoner said the upgrade would improve the vital road connection over the Great Dividing Range, making the road safer and easier for farmers in the Central West to get their produce to market in Sydney.
The upgrade will include:
- Seven proposed overtaking lanes between Kurrajong Heights and Mount Tomah, and shoulder widening works to improve stopping safety.
- New and extended turning lanes where appropriate.
- Installation of safety barriers appropriate to community needs.
- Minor curve realignments and straightening.
- Minor adjustments to identified intersections and driveways.
- New rest areas and upgrades to existing rest areas.
- Urban landscape design and local environmental improvements.
- Improved drainage.
- Improved slope stability at identified locations.
Roads and Maritime Services will advise local residents of upcoming work including vegetation removal, adjustments to utilities, sign installation and line marking.
Further proposals from North Richmond to Lithgow will be developed over the next 12 months.
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