Forty Bends well on the road to completion

ALMOST DONE: Roads and Maritime Services has confirmed work at Forty Bends is due for completion in the coming weeks. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.
ALMOST DONE: Roads and Maritime Services has confirmed work at Forty Bends is due for completion in the coming weeks. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.

ROADWORKS from Hartley Vale to Forty Bends, between Bathurst and Sydney, are weeks off being completed, according to Roads and Maritime Services.

The $100 million upgrade to the Great Western Highway near Lithgow was announced in 2012 and started in late 2014. 

HIGHWAY WORKS: The Great Western Highway upgrades as seen from Hassans Wall. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.

HIGHWAY WORKS: The Great Western Highway upgrades as seen from Hassans Wall. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY.

“Safety improvement work along the Great Western Highway between Hartley Valley and Forty Bends is expected to be complete in coming weeks,” a spokesperson for Roads and Maritime Services said. 

“Crews have contended with challenging weather conditions including rain, resulting in a revised opening date.

“Roads and Maritime Services has worked closely with the community to minimise the impact and thanks residents and motorists for their patience while work was carried out.”

UPGRADES: Significant work has been carried out to improve the Great Western Highway between Hartley Valley and Forty Bends. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

UPGRADES: Significant work has been carried out to improve the Great Western Highway between Hartley Valley and Forty Bends. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Improvements along the existing highway include changes to curves and resurfacing the road to improve safety for motorists, building a new structure across Whites Creek, installing more arrows and reflective markers on the highway and upgrading five main intersections between Hartley Valley and Forty Bends. 

In July 2012, the Australian and NSW governments announced a $250 million revised investment program for the upgrade of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, with the upgrade between Forty Bends and Hartley Vale using a significant portion of the funding.