GWH widening and risk to Blackheath Tracks

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GWH widening and risk to Blackheath Tracks

Postby jonnosan » Fri 08 Nov, 2019 11:15 am

There's a proposal to duplicate the great western highway, with some options for Blackheath area including bridging over Berghofers Pass, Porters Pass and Centenial Pass

news report is here https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au ... idge-line/

draft proposal is here https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/gre ... index.html which includes this in FAQ:

What impact will you have on bushwalking routes?
Where possible, we will avoid impacting bushwalking
routes as we are sensitive to the community’s high regard
for these environmental assets. However, a possible option
for Blackheath would likely impact bushwalking trails to
Fort Rock, Centennial Glen Creek, and Porters Pass Track.
The reserved corridor between Mount Victoria and
Lithgow would likely impact Berghofers Pass.

The program team will consult with stakeholders
such as bush walking groups, local councils, and
others to mitigate impacts during the development
of these options. Further investigations need to be
done to assess the impacts on these trails

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Re: GWH widening and risk to Blackheath Tracks

Postby Warin » Fri 08 Nov, 2019 1:28 pm

:? Would it not be better to make Bells Line of Road 2 lane all the way and then make that 100kmh limit.. would that not provide better connection, less conflict with local traffic and keep most of the community happy?
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Re: GWH widening and risk to Blackheath Tracks

Postby rcaffin » Mon 11 Nov, 2019 7:30 pm

No it would not.
The route through Katoomba is already massively touristised. The Bell Line of Road is relatively unscathed and almost 'pristine' (as far as a tarmac road can be!). Leave well alone. And it would cost a veritable bomb to turn the Bell road into 4 lanes!

Actually, diverting a of of the traffic away from the Katoomba route would probably make a LOT of local businesses along it very unhappy. I doubt the residents along the Bell road would be happy either: huge loss of peace.

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