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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The landscape as you enter Bathurst has been an evolving picture over the past few years, but its final form is finally coming to fruition. Work on the $73 million Great Western Highway upgrade from Kelso to Raglan is full steam ahead with a string of good weather allowing progress to be made swiftly.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said traffic is now travelling on 80% new road.

“80% of what cars are travelling on now is the new road and this week we will see curb and guttering begin,” Mr Toole said.

“If the weather keeps this up, the project is on track to be completed in time for Christmas this year.”

Asbestos has been successfully removed from the western end of the project allowing for the final stage of stormwater pipes and drainage to be completed.

Mr Toole said as well as the visible progress being made, another positive aspect of the project has been the high rate of local contractor engagement.

“The ability to employ local contractors and boost the local economy is something we’re extremely pleased about – a number of local companies have been involved in the project to date, employing over 25 people on site each day,” Mr Toole said.

The remainder of the specially grown new treescape will be planted on the eastbound side over the coming fortnight and work will commence on completing the section of road in front of the Gold Panner.

The former NSW Government committed $73 million in funding to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan to improve safety and reduce travel time along this section of the highway.

Motorists should follow the direction of traffic control and all signs, including reduced speed limits.


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