Mitchell Highway

Mitchell Highway safety upgrade - Bathurst to Orange

Safety improvements on the Mitchell Highway from Bathurst to Orange are progressing with emergency and incremental improvements at Summer Hill Lane, Shadforth, Cashens Lane and Houses Lane.

Works are also advancing at Guyong, Guyong East, Vittoria and Vittoria East under the NSW Government’s $50 million Safer Roads Program. The road from Bathurst to Orange sees around 10,000 traffic movements a day and has a history of road crashes. In order to reduce road trauma, proven life-saving solutions are being installed at various locations.

Diagram of all projects on the Mitchell Highway from Bathurst to Orange

Project information

Transport for NSW is delivering safety improvements for the Mitchell Highway, between Bathurst and Orange. Along with the NSW Government investing $50 million to improve safety for road users and reduce the risk of crashes along the 50 kilometre section of the highway, a number of emergency repairs have also taken place to improve the safety of all road users.

We are seeking feedback on your experiences travelling the Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Orange, and how this experience might be improved in the future.

This feedback, along with feedback received during consultation previously carried out by Transport for NSW, will be used to give us a better understanding of customer needs to inform further improvements.

Emergency works:

Following severe weather at the end of 2021, major repair works were carried out between Bathurst and Orange. Extensive patching and pothole work was carried out along the Mitchell Highway along with safety upgrade work, including sealing road shoulders and widening centre lines

Emergency and incremental improvements include:

Summer Hill Lane: Motorists are enjoying a 1km length of widen road with improved road shoulders and a wider centre line to increase space between oncoming traffic. Wide centre lines are estimated to reduce head-on crashes by 50 per cent.

Shadforth: 1.7 kilometres of the road has been upgraded with an enhanced centre line and smoother road surface completed as part of these works.

Cashens Lane Intersection: A new road surface has been installed across 500 metres of this intersection.

Houses Lane: A new wide centre line has been created and road shoulders widened along 1km of the highway.

Safer Roads Program:

Road safety improvements are advanced with the construction of a westbound overtaking lane at Guyong, widening of the road at Vittoria East, and road surface improvements and culvert works at East Guyong.

Further safety improvements include the installation of flexible safety barriers to significantly reduce the severity of head on crashes and run off road crashes, widened centrelines to reduce the likelihood of head on crashes, and rumble strips (also known as audio tactile line marking) to reduce the likelihood of head on crashes and run off road crashes. Read more about the benefits of safety treatments on Towards Zero Saving Lives on Country Roads.

The aim of these safety improvements is to increase the separation of oncoming vehicles, alert drivers when they leave a lane, and provide a more forgiving road environment for when people make mistakes

Works will also include road widening, intersection upgrades, vegetation removal and drainage improvements throughout the project.

In the coming weeks you may see our project team carrying out field investigation work and consulting with impacted residents. This will help us investigate future improvements in the study area.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Project documents

Project notifications

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May 2022 project notification

Detour for night work on Mitchell Highway at The Rocks from Sunday 29 May.

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May 2022 project notification

Changed traffic conditions on the Mitchell Highway at Guyong from Monday 9 May.

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April 2022 project notification

Safety works Mitchell Highway Vittoria East from 27 April.

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April 2022 project notification

Night works on Mitchell Highway, Guyong from Sunday 10 April.

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March 2022 project notification

Detour for night works on the Mitchell Highway at East Guyong from 30 March to 2 April.

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March 2022 project notification

Mitchell Highway night works for essential maintenance from Wednesday 23 March.

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February 2022 project notification

February 2022 Detour for night work on the Mitchell Highway at Guyong from Monday, 7 March.

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December 2021 project notification

Detour for night work on the Mitchell Highway at Guyong from Monday, 13 December.

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February 2021 project notification

Changed traffic conditions for night works on the Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Orange.

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January 2021 project notification

Controlled blasting starts on the Mitchell HIghway between Bathurst and Orange at Guyong.

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Controlled blasting - frequently asked questions 297Kb

Review of Environmental Factors (REF)

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October 2020 REF

Mitchell Highway East Guyong safety upgrade.

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May 2020 REF

Mitchell Highway Guyong overtaking lane and safety upgrade.

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Media releases

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July 2021

Reduced speed limit along Mitchell Highway near Thompson Road in Orange

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February 2021

Work continues for a safer Mitchell Highway at East Guyong

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Contact us

Phone: 1800 167 499

Email: western.projects@transport.nsw.gov.au

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