Kelso to Raglan Upgrade


Project overview

The NSW Government has committed $73 million in funding to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan to improve safety and efficiency, and reduce travel time along this section of the highway.

Latest news

May 2023 - Traffic switch and extended night work on the Great Western Highway at Raglan.

March 2023 - Saturday work on the Great Western Highway at Raglan from 11 March

Feb 2023 - Traffic switch on the Great Western Highway at Raglan

From Monday 13 February traffic on the Great Western Highway between PJ Moodie Memorial Drive and the east of Ceramic Avenue will be moved onto the newly constructed road, completing a two kilometre traffic switch. Read more in the notification letter (PDF, 325Kb)

Nov 2022 - Traffic switch on the Great Western Highway at Raglan

From Tuesday 29 November traffic on the Great Western Highway between PJ Moodie Memorial Drive and Nile Street will be moved onto the newly constructed road. Read more in the notification letter (PDF, 325Kb).

Nov 2022 - Work is progressing on the GWH between Kelso and Raglan

The landscape plan for the Eastern entrance to Bathurst has started to come to life with the first stage of landscaping complete. 50 trees have been planted on the northern side of the Great Western Highway at Raglan.

Project information


This part of the Great Western Highway upgrade in Central Western NSW extends from Ashworth Drive in Kelso, to Ceramic Avenue at the east of Raglan, near Bathurst. The Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan is often congested during major events, holiday seasons and weekends, and the upgrade will significantly improve travel efficiency during these times.

Transport for NSW has been progressively upgrading sections of the Great Western Highway since 2015. The most recent Great Western Highway upgrade at Kelso opened to traffic in March 2017. Other nearby projects underway include the Great Western Highway duplication between Katoomba and Lithgow and safety upgrades at Glanmire, Walang and Meadow Flat with an additional 4 projects planned for construction between Lithgow and Bathurst in the next two years.

Transport for NSW is delivering this work as part of its commitment to ease traffic congestion along the Great Western Highway, improve road safety for all motorists and to support Central Western communities of NSW.


What are the project benefits?

  • Reduced congestion, particularly during major events and holiday periods.
  • A much smoother drive and reduced road maintenance requirements.
  • Improved access to Bathurst Airport.
  • Improved connections for regional communities.
  • Improved road safety for all road users.
  • Improved flood immunity of the highway.
  • Improved pedestrian and bicycle access to Kelso.

Project features

What are the project features?

  • Two lanes in each direction from Ashworth Drive to Napoleon Street.
  • Two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound from Napoleon Street to the east of Ceramic Avenue.
  • Safer turning paths at intersections with the highway.
  • Removing the right turn from the Highway into property accesses to improve safety and reduce the risk of collision.
  • Installing traffic lights at the PJ Moodie intersection to improve access and safety.
  • Installation of a shared footpath from Ashworth Drive to Eugenie Street.

Next steps

Transport for NSW has commenced early work on the Kelso to Raglan upgrade. This work includes installing project signage and fencing, utility relocation and site establishment as well as transferring large equipment to the site and is expected to continue through December with major construction to commence in January 2021. The project is expected to take two and a half years to complete, weather permitting.

Transport for NSW is committed to involving the community in delivering this upgrade. We will continue to work with the community and stakeholders to understand issues and minimise potential impacts. We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Community information

Community notifications

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Project documents

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Project notifications

REF documents

Media releases
  • Kelso to Raglan upgrade receives $28 million boost

    29 October 2022

  • New treescape revealed for entry to Bathurst
    16 March 2021

  • Construction starts on highway duplication between Kelso and Raglan
    28 January 2021

  • Kelso to Raglan upgrade set to start
    30 October 2020

  • Green light to cut congestion on Great Western Highway
    19 May 2020

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 953 777