DETAILED design plans for a 2.4-kilometre upgrade of the Great Western Highway at Kelso are on public display.
The NSW government has allocated $5 million this financial year to start early work on the project.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said, once completed, the upgrade would deliver benefits including better traffic flow and improved safety for motorists and pedestrians.
“The design includes upgrading the highway to a four-lane divided road with traffic lights at Stockland and Pat O’Leary drives, large roundabouts at Ashworth Drive and Littlebourne Street, and upgrades to the Boyd and View street intersections,” he said.
“The upgrade includes a raised median, new and improved pedestrian and cyclist access along and across the highway and improved landscaping to enhance the visual appeal of the eastern gateway to Bathurst.
“Early work is expected to start later this year, weather permitting.”
The detailed design plans are on display at Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst Motor Registry and the Kelso Hotel until Friday, September 27.
There will be staffed displays at the old Evans Shire Council meeting room, 7 Lee Street, Kelso on Tuesday, September 17 from 2pm to 6pm and on Wednesday, September 18 from 10am to 2pm.
“The staffed displays aim to give the community an opportunity to meet the project team and learn more about the project,” Mr Toole said.
The preferred concept design wa developed following community feedback; meetings with business owners; analysis of traffic flows, movements and traffic patterns; meetings with council officers and preliminary environmental investigations.
The design accommodates predicted future traffic volumes and growth for at least 20 years after opening.
It provides turning facilities to maintain access for businesses and the community along the highway.
All vehicles travelling east or west will be able to turn back, using two roundabouts or u-turn bay, where direct access to properties is not possible due to the raised median.