Tender awarded for Mount Victoria Village Safety Upgrade

Media Release


25 September 2015

Joint release with:

Andrew Gee

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads
NSW Member for Orange

A $32.1 million package of road safety works at Mount Victoria Village will begin soon, with Ward Civil and Environmental Engineering Pty Ltd being awarded the contract for the upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the works are a key component of the Great Western Highway upgrade.

“This announcement continues the Australian Government's $200 million commitment to safety improvements along the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow,” Mr Truss said.

“Improving the efficiency and safety of the Great Western Highway is vital to productivity as the highway is an important freight route between Sydney and Central West New South Wales.

“Approximately 24,000 vehicles travel on the Blue Mountains section of the highway every day, with freight vehicles making up around 12 per cent of the traffic.”

Federal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus said the safety upgrade in Mount Victoria Village will improve safety and increase infrastructure capacity and efficiency.

“The Mount Victoria Village Safety Works package involves upgrades along a 1.6 kilometre stretch through the township,” Mrs Markus said.

“There will be improvements made to intersections and the Mount Piddington Road curve, better property access and wider road shoulders, asphalt and concrete road work and new retaining walls.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and New South Wales Member for Orange Andrew Gee said works are expected to start in December and the community will be given further information before they begin.

“Since March 2011 more than $650 million, including $87 million in the recent State Budget, has been invested in upgrading and repairing the Great Western Highway. This is the largest investment in the highway in the history of the state,” Mr Gee said.

“The Great Western Highway is the key road transport link between the Central West of NSW and Sydney, helping to service dozens of regional communities such as Lithgow, Oberon, Bathurst, Blayney, Orange, Molong and Forbes.

“Once completed, the upgrade will improve safety for motorists travelling along the highway and pedestrians at the village.”

The Mount Victoria Village Safety Works project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $27.8 million and the New South Wales Government contributing $4.3 million.

For more information on the project visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/western-nsw/katoomba-lithgow/mount-victoria-village.html