8 March 2021
Highway upgrades totalling more than $13 million will be carried out between Lithgow and Bathurst.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education the Hon Andrew Gee MP has welcomed the funding from the Australian Government’s Road Safety Program.
Work is starting immediately on two sections totalling 10km of the Great Western Highway between Lithgow and Bathurst.
“The works will include shoulder sealing, rumble strips to alert drivers when they are moving out of their lane, median upgrades and barriers to prevent crashes and protect against roadside hazards,” Mr Gee said.
“This investment won’t just save lives, it will also provide a boost to local economies as we come back from the COVID-19 recession, with these projects supporting more local jobs.”
Mr Gee said the highway between Lithgow and Bathurst was one of the busiest stretches west of the Blue Mountains.
“The Federal Government contribution is $11.7 million to these Great Western Highway upgrades, representing 90% of total funding, and we know how important they will be to our community.
“With more and more people crossing the Great Dividing Range to discover the Central West, it’s vital we keep investing in road safety. This funding will help keep our local residents and also visitors to the area, safe.
“The first tranche of the works is already underway and expected to be completed in a few short months,” Mr Gee said.
The Great Western Highway funding is part of a $16.1 million road safety package which includes $3 million for the Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Orange.