By Lithgow City Council
Upgrade work on 14.2km of an unsealed section of Wolgan Valley Rd is now complete and has been officially opened by NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay.
Funded jointly by Emirates and the NSW Government, the $4.2 million project has provided a 7m wide bitumen pavement from the foot of the Wolgan Gap to the low level causeway near the entrance to Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. Works also included minor improvements to the alignment at selected locations as well as improved drainage through the installation of new or increased capacity culverts.
Lithgow City Council and its contractors initially commenced work on the far end of the Wolgan Road adjacent to the resort and then worked back to the existing sealed section.
During the construction the BurntBridge structure was replaced with a new Hel-Core galvanized pipe system within the existing creek bed and there was a realignment of the road and its approaches.
Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said the work was much needed and would benefit all users, residents, visitors and tourists to the Wolgan Valley.
“As major stakeholders of the project, the Emirates Resort & Spa and the NSW State Government have worked very closely with council to achieve this great outcome.
“Also working behind the scenes to achieve this outcome we have had the excellent support of our local member, Paul Toole, and we are very thankful for that.
“Initially the upgrade project was expected to take over a year to complete however with some great work in co-ordinating and project managing the project it has been completed well ahead of schedule.”
The council used several local contractors to complete the project including the lead contractor Gracey Earthmoving who.
“As well as being a major tourism destination, the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa is a major employer in the region with some 110 staff at the facility and council was very pleased to be able to assist with the completion of this major project,” she said.
“The improved road will also further open up other tourism attractions in the Wolgan Valley including the Newnes Hotel and camping area, the shale oil mining site ruins and bushwalking, especially to the Glow Worm Tunnels.
“The improved road will also provide safety improvements which is paramount for all of the road users and whilst the provision 14.2km of new bitumen sealed road will ensure improved travel conditions for increasing number of motorists to the Wolgan Valley.”
Mayor Statham said State Roads Minister Duncan Gay had said the drive would become a wonderful tourist drive in itself.