Sydney/Blue Mtns Road Conditions Feedback

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 20:38
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Could you tell me where I could find a road report for the Blue Mountains/Great Western Highway? Visitors should know there is a major upgrade being undertaken from south of Katoomba...through Leura...past Wentworth Falls...on through Bullaburra & Lawson continuing on through Hazelwood, Linden and stopping just short of Faulconbridge. Along the way there are no alternatives....the re-routing of the Highway involves major,major earthworks and 25+ speed changes on a very slow trip to Penrith. This disruption will take at least two years (even with constant night work) to complete. It "ain't the outback" but it sure is a challenge for motorists skills and patience to drive the main road across the Mountains!
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 20:56

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 20:56
Ian S

Try thisRTA rod updates

and this page zoom in and look at the area of concern there seems to 3 lots of road works in that area

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Reply By: Stuart BMW - Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 23:55

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 23:55
I live at Faulconbridge Ian and work at Katoomba once a week. You could add 20 mins at most to the normal travelling time between those two towns in morning and afternoon peaks. These works have been going on for the better part of the last fifteen years.Due to the roadworks there is a lot of single lane stuff so more chance for an accident to cause holdups but normally it's faster than twenty years ago due to all the dual carriageway sections already completed.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 06:21

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 06:21
Ian, Try the BOM site and the RTA for the items you are after. You seem to have the road conditions already!! Hope this helps!! Michael
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Reply By: rclaty - Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 15:59

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 15:59
The road works are on the Great Western Highway from Wentworth Falls to Woodford. Some parts have been completed such as west of Lawson shops and little bit through Hazelbrook. Bullaburra still needs to be started. There are local roads (back streets) that can take you around the road work sections but with all the locals using them its no quicker then using the Highway. There is also a 3 tonne limit on some of them. An alternative way over the Blue Mountains for those of you heading west past the Mountains is via the Bells Line of Road.

For those who want to come up and play tourist you could always leave the car at home and catch the train up, but if you insist on bringing the car, relax and enjoy the trip.

For the record, I live near Katoomba and drive to work in Penrith, so I know how frustrating the roadworks can be.
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Follow Up By: rclaty - Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 16:15

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 16:15
I should of added that they rarely do roadworks on the weekend, and from what I've seen alot of congestion is caused by people not being considerate when the lanes merge.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 00:07

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 00:07
If your destination is not ne of the mountain towns, use the Bell's Line of Road instead of the highway.

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Reply By: Fiona & Paul - Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 22:48

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 22:48
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That section of highway has been in an almost constant state of major repair or upgrade for the last 40 years. The current upgrade has been going on for the last 10 years and there has never been any alternative route except to take Bells Line of road through Windsor and Kurrajong.

I'd rather do the mountains then venture onto Sydney roads these days.

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