Nov 3, 2011

Safety work continues on Victoria Pass

Work has begun this week on improvements to the Great Western Highway on the top curve of Victoria Pass, the scene of a number of recent fatalities.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the $4.8 million project is part of a $30 million safety package being delivered jointly by the Federal and NSW governments.

“The project now underway will widen the road, install a concrete median strip and remove some trees, complementing the safety work which was completed in April at the bottom curve of Victoria Pass,” said Mr Albanese.

“The current work is expected to take around nine months to be complete.”

All up, the Federal Government has commitment $200 million to upgrading the Great Western Highway between Mount Victoria and Lithgow, with the NSW Government contributing a further $50 million.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the project would deliver safer driving conditions for the 8,000 motorists and truck drivers which use this stretch of highway each day.

“What’s more, following feedback from the community the proposal to close the median strip at Mitchells Lookout has been reconsidered, with the amended design involving a new bay so vehicles can safely turn right into the lookout,” said Mr Gay.

“To protect the safety of road workers a temporary reduced speed zone of 40 kilometres an hour is in place.  I therefore urge all motorists to slow down, obey the signs and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.”

“Traffic will also be reduced to one lane in each direction at various times.”