Speed reduction and closure on Great Western Hwy

Revised speed limit and lane closure will be introduced on the Great Western Highway as upgrades to the route begin

November 3, 2011

A revised speed limit and a lane closure will be introduced on the Great Western Highway as upgrades to a dangerous section of the route begin.

Work has started on the top curve of Victoria Pass, the scene of a number of recent fatalities.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the $4.8 million project will widen the road, install a concrete median strip and remove some trees.

Albanese says the upgrade, which is expected to take about nine months to complete, will complement the safety at the bottom curve of Victoria Pass completed in April.

"To protect the safety of road workers a temporary reduced speed zone of 40km/h is in place. I therefore urge all motorists to slow down, obey the signs and follow the instructions of traffic controllers," NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says.

"Traffic will also be reduced to one lane in each direction at various times."

Gay says the project will deliver safer driving conditions for the 8,000 motorists and truck drivers using the stretch of highway each day.

"What’s more, following feedback from the community the proposal to close the median strip at Mitchells Lookout has been reconsidered, with the amended design involving a new bay so vehicles can safely turn right into the lookout," he says.

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