Revised schedule for Kings Highway closures

16 August 2021

Transport for NSW has revised plans for the full closure of the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain from the end of this month, following feedback from the community.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the updated road work program will see a three-day weekly closure start on Tuesday, 31 August.

“I thank the community for their patience over the past few weeks as we came up with a solution that sought to strike the right balance for everyone involved,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We know how important it is to keep communities connected, and we’ve worked hard to deliver an outcome that ensures this critical safety work can be carried out with as little disruption to motorists, local communities and local businesses as possible.

“Importantly for business who rely on tourist traffic, the road will be open on Monday, Friday and weekends, as well as during the September school holidays and October long weekend.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the decision to revise the plans was done in consultation with key stakeholders.

“We need to carry out critical safety work to remove hundreds of trees damaged during the 2019/20 bushfires because they currently pose a risk to road users,” Mr Toole said.

“We understand the impacts extended closures would have on local communities and business that have already gone through many hardships, and we’ve worked with them on ways to minimise disruption while carrying out this critical safety work.

“The revised schedule is about getting the balance right – between removing the trees as quickly as possible for the safety of road users and minimising extended closures and the impact these might have on the community.”

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the new closure times have been determined in consultation with Eurobodalla Shire Council, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, emergency services, the freight industry and business groups.

“We know how important a connection the Kings Highway is as a connection between Batemans Bay and Canberra – and the last thing we want is unplanned road closures due to trees falling or the risk that poses to road users,” Mr Constance said.

“These trees have become more unstable due to subsequent storms and flooding, and need to be felled by arborists onto the road from the upslopes which requires both lanes to be closed.

“Some of these trees are up to 25 metres high and removing them requires the road to be fully closed during the day as there would be an unacceptable safety risk if the work was carried out at night.”

The Kings Highway between Misty Mountain Road and River Forest Road will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8am and 3pm from Tuesday 31 August to allow motorists more daylight hours to travel along the highway.

After school holidays end and daylight savings begins, closure times will change to 8am to 4pm to maximise working in daylight hours and minimise the ongoing impact of the closure.

It is anticipated the project will be completed in early December, weather permitting.

Traffic control will be in place at Braidwood and Nelligen from 7.40am each work day to advise motorists the Kings Highway is closing at 8am and that the road will be closed by the time people reach the construction area.

Despite the road closure, road users will still be able to travel without impact from Canberra to Braidwood and Batemans Bay to Nelligen.

The alternative north route will be via the Federal Highway, Hume Highway, Picton Road and the Princes Highway and could add up to 7.5 hours of travel time depending on the road user’s origin and destination.

The alternative south route is via the Kings Highway, Monaro Highway, Snowy Mountains Highway and the Princes Highway and could add up to 5.5 hours of travel time depending on the road user’s origin and destination.

Motorists are advised to plan their journey, drive to conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

This project involves a large number of variables, and adjustments may be made to methods and timing once work begins.

Transport for NSW will continue to keep the community informed as work is carried out. For more information, please contact the project team on 1800 862 116 (toll free), email SouthProjects@transport.nsw.gov.au or go to the NSW Roads page on Facebook and nswroads.work/clydemountain.

Written correspondence can be sent to Kings Highway Clyde Mountain Closure, PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2500.

Transport for NSW thanks the community for their patience during this time.

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