East and West sections of Great Western Highway Upgrade near final design

The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government wants to hear from the community to finetune the design for the East and West sections of the Great Western Highway Upgrade.

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the final design for the game-changing upgrade was edging closer, with major construction on track to start on the West section early next year. 

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

“Changes between Little Hartley and the Lithgow section will provide better connections that will make travelling between the east and the west easier and safer, and will include improvements to service roads and a second over-bridge. 

“Locals wanting to travel between Little Hartley and Victoria Pass will be able to cross over the upgraded highway without having to contend with the highway traffic.

“Pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit, with the shared path to now start at an upgraded Berghofer’s Pass carpark and extend to Hartley historic village.”

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

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

“An extension to the shared path access track has also been brought forward into the East section, connecting through to Valley View Road at Blackheath.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government are building the infrastructure that matters to make daily life easier for the thousands of motorists who use the Great Western Highway each day.”

View the updated designs HERE

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

Information sessions will be held so the community can talk to the design team:

Katoomba to Blackheath design changes and Medlow Bath REF determination presentation and Q&A:

  • Tuesday 1 November, 6:00-7:30pm, online
  • Tuesday 8 November, 5:00-7:00pm, Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath

Little Hartley to Lithgow design changes:

  • Thursday 3 November, 6:00-7:30pm, online
  • Wednesday 9 November, 6:00-7:30pm, Hartley Community Hall

Registrations for all sessions or a request for a phone consultation should be made online or by phone to 1800 953 777.

Community members can provide feedback on the updated designs:

The updated designs are now on display for community feedback until 20 November.

The REF Submissions Reports for the Katoomba to Blackheath, Medlow Bath and Little Hartley to Lithgow REF submissions reports are available for viewing here.

Find more information on the Great Western Highway Upgrade HERE.