Devil's Elbow to be realigned

Media Release

DC312/2017

17 October 2017

Joint release with:

Angus Taylor

Federal Member for Hume

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Pru Goward

NSW Member for Goulburn

Brian McCormack

Mayor

  • Safety works underway to improve a dangerous hairpin bend on Grabben Gullen Road
  • Upgrade to make Grabben Gullen Road safe for larger, more productive trucks
  • Project funded by Australian and NSW governments, and Upper Lachlan Shire Council

Realignment of the “Devil's Elbow Corner”, a hairpin bend on Grabben Gullen Road between Crookwell and Gunning, is now underway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the realignment meant higher productivity trucks would be able to travel the route safely, supporting business growth and helping create more local jobs—particularly in the agriculture and logging sectors.

“More than $886,000 has been invested in this vital road project by the Australian and New South Wales governments in partnership with Upper Lachlan Shire Council, making this notorious section of road safer for local road users and freight hauliers alike,” Mr Chester said.

“The works will provide increased access and safety for higher mass vehicles, such as 25 metre B-doubles, which currently cannot safely use the road.”

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government was committed to building a safer and more efficient transport network for local communities and businesses.

“We are proud to have provided $539,954 towards this project under the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, which funds vital road and bridge upgrades to better connect local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said projects such as the realignment of “Devil's Elbow Corner” demonstrated the Australian Government's commitment to supporting the region's economic competitiveness and productivity.

“This project will significantly reduce travel times and distances for large freight vehicles by providing direct access to the Hume Highway,” Mr Taylor said.

NSW Member for Goulburn Pru Goward said the upgrade would also increase road safety and secure the future growth and productivity of local agriculture producers and logging companies.

“It's a terribly dangerous bend that I have crept around many times, like every local resident who uses that road, and I am so pleased to be able to improve the safety of the families that use that road,” Mrs Goward said.

Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor Brian McCormack said the Council was proud of its commitment to building efficient freight transport networks in the region.

“This project is a win for the whole community—improved freight routes leads to greater productivity for local industry and reduced costs for business,” Cr McCormack said.

Construction on the project is due for completion in mid-2019, weather permitting.

The project received $266,546 from the Australian Government through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, $539,954 from the NSW Government through the Fixing Country Roads program and $79,908 from Upper Lachlan Shire Council.