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‘Mammoth’ project to improve resilience along key corridors

A record amount of slope remediation and stabilisation work will take place along major roads in New South Wales this year.

In an effort to increase road safety, work will begin with remediation at Mount Tomah and will be followed by remediation of two slope failures at Kurrajong Heights.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison, said the primary area of focus will be Bells Line of Road, which is an important transport link for communities in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Central West.

“We have completed emergency work at three locations around the Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah, while work to remediate a fourth site just west of the gardens should take place later this year,” she said.

“Stabilisation work is also well under way to the slope failure on the Great Western Highway near Fairy Bower Road in Mount Victoria.

“This latest work kicking off will further remediate separate slopes at Mt Tomah and Kurrajong Heights — and with work beginning to address another slope failure at Victoria Pass in mid-2024, we are really improving safety at multiple locations and enhancing the overall resilience of the corridors.”

Other areas to be worked on this year include Putty Road, which is another vital transport link for Blue Mountains and Lower Hunter communities, the Great Western Highway and Hawkesbury Road.

Remediation methods such as rock bolting, shotcreting and steel mesh installation will ensure the slopes are less likely to pose a hazard for road users.

The NSW Government said that while this work is essential for improving resilience and safety, and will be coordinated to minimise inconvenience wherever possible, it will mean that localised traffic delays will be unavoidable for much of the year.

Traffic impacts will include up to three separate lane closures along Bells Line of Road for much of 2024, and up to two lane closures along Putty Road mostly from the second quarter of this year.

Most remediation work will take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and, less frequently, on Saturday mornings.

For the safety of workers and road users, there will be traffic controllers and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h.

In other news, three national transport leaders have been elected to the Roads Australia Board, marking a historic moment in the industry body’s 70-year history.

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