Road upgrades have commenced along Main Road 54 to deliver a safer, smoother journey for motorists travelling between Crookwell and Abercrombie.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said Upper Lachlan Shire Council would assist in completing the $3 million upgrade.

“This is a significant upgrade for the electorate with MR54 acting as a major arterial route for the region,” Ms Tuckerman said.

“These upgrades will include shoulder widening and improved safety signage and are expected to be complete by mid-2022, weather permitting.

“Roadside safety barriers will also be installed along with line markings to alert motorists through noise and vibration if they stray from their lane.”

Ms Tuckerman said the upgrade supported the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering safer regional roads.

“We are delivering the upgrades our regional roads need to ensure everyone who sets off on a journey makes it home to their friends and family,” Ms Tuckerman said.

“This road has a significant crash history with 17 crashes recorded between 2012 and 2017, almost half of which resulted in serious injuries.”

Upper Lachlan Shire Council Mayor, Cr John Stafford welcomed the upgrades as vital improvements to a major link to Crookwell.

“This work will not only improve access to and from Crookwell, but will ensure the route is safer for drivers, and we welcome the State Government’s assistance in making this possible,” Mayor Stafford said.

The first section of the upgrade will be carried out between Peelwood Rd and the Abercrombie River Bridge.

These works are being delivered jointly by Upper Lachlan Shire Council and Transport for NSW (formerly known as Roads and Maritime Services).

Work will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 6pm with traffic reduced to one lane, alternate flow, and a reduced 40 km/h speed limit in place during work hours.

No work will take place on weekends or public holidays. To minimise impact to motorists over the December and January holiday period, work will cease on Saturday 21 December and recommence on Monday 13 January 2020.

Motorists are advised to follow the directions of signs and traffic control and allow up to five minutes additional travel time.