Medlow Bath community members now have until the end of August to contribute their local knowledge to the design of the upgraded Great Western Highway through their village.
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Transport for NSW Director West Alistair Lunn said community consultation will be extended two weeks in recognition of the continuing impacts COVID-19 is having on public meetings.
"We had hoped to be able to provide a number of face-to-face consultation sessions with the community on this important work to achieve the best possible design for the highway through Medlow Bath," Mr Lunn said.
"However, being COVID-safe has meant interested community members accessing information and talking to the project team online or directly over the phone, which needs some extra time.
"The extension of the consultation period will help us make sure everyone gets a chance to have their say."
Mr Lunn said information collected from community feedback will inform the design and environmental assessment for the Medlow Bath section of the upgrade, from Station Street to 400 metres south of Bellevue Crescent.
"This is about achieving the best design along the existing road corridor, which can accommodate the duplication, while ensuring that the key outcomes of a safer and less congested road are achieved," he said.
"The team has already received valuable community insight into ways to improve pedestrian access across the highway and vehicular access to local streets and businesses.
"The community has also made it very clear they want some local intersections made safer and we will look at incorporating these safety improvements into the upgrade."
Mr Lunn said all of the information collected from community members will help inform the final design for the upgraded highway through the town.
There will be a further opportunity for consultation with the Medlow Bath community mid-way through 2021.
The community can book an over-the-phone consultation on 1800 953 777 or provide feedback online.
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