IT has planning approval, but Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says major construction work won't be seen on the Kelso to Raglan highway upgrade until property acquisitions are finalised.
And he can't say for sure how long that process will take.
"We can't commence yet because there are a couple of properties that Transport [for NSW] are working through with the property owners to acquire," Mr Toole said.
A concept design for the $30 million Kelso to Raglan Great Western Highway upgrade was released in July last year and survey work was undertaken late last year.
It was announced last month that the project had been given planning approval, but work is yet to begin.
Mr Toole said the government is ready to start that work once the necessary properties are acquired.
"The plan's done, the design's done, it's been approved," he said.
The upgrade will provide two lanes each way from Ashworth Drive, at the Big Gold Panner, to Napoleon Street, on the western edge of Raglan; and two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound from Napoleon Street to the east of Ceramic Avenue.
Traffic lights will be installed at the PJ Moodie Drive and Eugenie Street intersection.