Great Western Highway, Katoomba

Great Western Highway Upgrade Program - Safety Improvement Upgrades

The jointly funded $250 million Great Western Highway Safety upgrade between Katoomba and Lithgow has been delivered, with safety works at Blackheath now complete.

Project information

The construction is complete and upgarde is open to traffic.

Roads and Maritime Services has completed the important 1.6 kilometre safety upgrade of the Great Western Highway through Mount Victoria village.

The road was opened to traffic in March 2018.

Roads and Maritime Services completed the safety upgrades and road improvements on the Great Western Highway between Hartley Valley and Forty Bends in October 2017.

The upgrade included:

  • improvements along the existing highway, including changes to curves to make them safer
  • precast arch structure over Whites Creek and concrete pavement at Forty Bends to lessen the risk of black ice formation
  • five main intersection upgrades:
    • Coxs River Road and Ambermere Drive
    • Baaners Lane and Browns Gap Road
    • Old Bathurst Road
    • Jenolan Caves Road and Blackmans Creek Road
    • Daintree Close
  • more arrows and reflective markers on the highway to provide clear definition of lanes
  • provision of concrete and wire rope safety barriers
  • improved road surface.

Project documents

Media releases

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21 February 2021

Highway history to be preserved for future generations

17 August 2020

Major progress being made on $8 million Great Western Highway safety upgrades at Meadow Flat.

20 May 2020

Great Western Highway upgrade hits the finish line

19 February 2019

Last stage of road safety improvements on Great Western Highway at Bowenfels



Contact us

Phone: 1800 953 777


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