Great Western Highway’s $225 million upgrade complete

A new section of the Great Western Highway between Woodford and Hazelbrook, NSW was opened to traffic last week.

The $225 million highway widening has been underway since 2010, with a centre-median and dedicated turning lanes built to reduce crash risk, key intersections upgraded and a pedestrian bridge and safer crossings installed.

“The Great Western Highway is not only the main arterial road for communities of the Blue Mountains, it also serves as a vital transport link between central and western NSW and the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area,” said Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay.

The NSW Government invested $155 million and the Australian Government invested $70 million to upgrade the road.

“To improve the streetscape and environment along this upgraded section, 3,350 trees were planted and a further 40 trees planted at Memory Park,” said Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage

Federal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus said a shared pedestrian and cycle path was also constructed along the length of the upgrade to improve road safety and encourage these active pursuits.

“I sincerely thank the community for its patience during these upgrade works which required lane closures, changed traffic conditions and temporary reduced access to some properties and side streets,” said Markus.

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