Monday, June 24, 2024

Major Medlow Bath works underway

The first major construction work on the Great Western Highway Upgrade between Katoomba and Lithgow will start next week in Medlow Bath.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway said the head contractor
for the 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 (existing bridge pictured, above) at Medlow Bath were close to being finalised with construction of the bridge expected to begin towards the end of the year.

“The whole package of work at Medlow Bath is scheduled for completion in early
2025,” he said.

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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