Major progress being made on $8 million Great Western Highway safety upgrades at Meadow Flat
17 August 2020
Major progress is being made on safety upgrades to a two kilometre stretch of the Great Western Highway near the Meadow Flat Public School.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said today the $8 million project was expected to be completed in late November with some minor delays due to the wet weather.
“Motorists will notice heavy machinery on site doing excavation work to rebuild the roadway,” he said.
“Earthworks and culverts are progressing well and the asphalt contract has been awarded.”
Mr Toole said the section of the Great Western Highway is a key route for residents, visitors and the freight industry alike, connecting the centres of Lithgow and Bathurst.
“The highway upgrade involves rebuilding the road, improving drainage and widening the centreline and shoulders,” he said.
“The widened shoulders and widened centreline will improve safety by allowing room for vehicles to recover should they leave the roadway, and road resurfacing will improve journey times and trip planning by providing a more reliable stretch of road.”
Mr Toole said this work follows the recent completion of a $2.1 million upgrade at the nearby intersection of the Great Western Highway and Range Road.
“The combined aim of these safety improvements is to ensure those who set off on a journey return home safely,” he said.
Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
A reduced speed limit of 40 km/h and traffic controls will be in place for the safety of road users and workers.