The Old Bathurst Road lighting upgrade has been completed.

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Project Update: 23 August 2022

The final stage of the old Bathurst Road lighting upgrade is about to take place, with the installation of all remaining lights and fixtures, plus high-voltage electrical works to be completed. 

To allow this important work to be done quickly and safely, Old Bathurst Road between Binya Street (at the top of the bends) and the water tower (at the bottom) will be fully closed in both directions for nightworks, on:

  • Wednesday, 7 September (9pm - 4.30am)
  • Thursday, 8 September (9pm - 4.30am)
  • Monday, 12 September (9pm - 7.30am)

The later finishing time of 7.30am on Tuesday, 13 September is outside of Council’s control as this component of the work is being undertaken by the electrical supply authority and is the final step required before the lights can be switched on.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to make this steep and winding stretch of road safer for everyone at night.

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Project Update: Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Despite rain delaying the start of nightworks, crews worked hard and were able to complete the first stage of the lighting upgrade on Old Bathurst Road over the school holiday period.

While all the poles, lights and fittings that could be installed were, there is still some work to be done before we can switch the lights on, with a high-voltage changeover to be arranged with the Supply Authority at a later date in September. 

We will keep the community informed and once again thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to make this steep and winding stretch of road safer for everyone at night.

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To improve road safety and minimise the chance of accidents occurring, Council is installing street lights and supporting infrastructure on Old Bathurst Rd, between Binya Street (at the top of the bends) and the water tower (at the bottom).

To allow this important upgrade work to take place::

  • For a period of ten business days during the school holidays, from Monday 4 July to Friday 15 July, this section of Old Bathurst Road will be closed for nightworks (9pm to 4.30am).

     

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where are street lights being installed on Old Bathurst Road?
Council is installing street lights and supporting infrastructure on Old Bathurst Rd, between Binya Street (at the top of the bends) and 200 Old Bathurst Road (the water tower at the bottom). 

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What is being done as part of the lighting upgrade?
As part of the streetlight upgrade project, the works will include:

  • Installation of new street light poles, light outreaches and light fixtures.
  • Installation of new light fixtures on existing poles.
  • Trenching and installation conduits for power connection.
  • Installation of overhead wiring for power connection.
  • Installation of supporting infrastructure such as tensioning poles and a new pole substation.
  • Reinstating the road, footpath and other infrastructure after the works are completed.

There will be several variable message sign (VMS) boards placed in East Blaxland and Emu Heights to inform drivers of the upgrade works. These locations include:

  • Wilson Way near the Great Western Highway (Blaxland)
  • Wilson Way near Old Bathurst Road (Blaxland)
  • Rusden Road near Old Bathurst Road (Blaxland)
  • Old Bathurst Road near Wedmore Road (Emu Heights)
  • Old Bathurst Road near Russel Street (Emu Heights)

Why are the traffic changes necessary?
Closing the road for ten business days during the school holidays for nightworks is the least disruptive way to complete the work of erecting the lighting poles. 

Why are street lights being installed on Old Bathurst Road?
The lighting upgrade is necessary to improve driver safety along the steep incline and bends of Old Bathurst Road.

In the last five years, seven crashes have occurred at this location and all of these happened at dusk, night or early morning hours. Over the years, Council has also received significant feedback from residents and visitors requesting the installation of street lights on this section of Old Bathurst Road due to safety concerns. 

When will the lighting upgrade be completed?
The lighting upgrade will be fully completed by the end of August 2022. This includes all the supporting work and activity that does not impact use of the road.

How is the lighting upgrade being funded?
Council has received funding specifically for this upgrade through the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. The money cannot be used for other activities.

For more information contact:
Isabella Kim, Senior Transport Engineer, Blue Mountains City Council at ikim@bmcc.nsw.gov.au