The Great Western Highway upgrade between Kelso and Raglan has moved one step closer with survey work underway following consultation with the community.

Member for Bathurst and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the Nationals in Government were investing $30 million as part of the Great Western Highway upgrade program to ease congestion and improve safety for road users.

“Getting this survey work done means we can get construction started next year and deliver for the people of Bathurst and all along the Great Western Highway,” Mr Toole said

“Once complete, this will provide motorists with better access to Bathurst Airport, an improved and longer-lasting road surface and increased safety, especially at intersections.”

The project will also include a shared cycleway, landscaping and an avenue of trees.

Consultation will continue with key local stakeholders to help shape the final landscaping plan as the project moves closer to the start of construction.

Mr Toole said the Government was continuing to invest in the Great Western Highway to deliver a safer, faster route from Sydney to the Central West.

“Between Kelso and Katoomba, we’re investing record amounts to create a better route that opens up opportunities right across the region,” he said.

Survey work for the Kelso to Raglan upgrade has started and is expected to be completed in two weeks, weather permitting.