The Kings Highway is the main east-west road between Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast and the ACT. The Highway is 137 kilometres long and links towns and cities such as Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood, Nelligen and Batemans Bay.
JUN 2022$20m upgrade program commences
Safety improvement work on the Kings Highway near McCardys Creek west of Nelligen started on Tuesday 14 June for two months, weather permitting. Work hours are 7am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.More information
One lane will be closed under a stop/slow traffic control for road lane/shoulder widening and the installation of safety barrier, storm water drainage and asphalt. Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40km/h will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.
The is the first project to be delivered as part of the $20m Kings Highway safety upgrade program. More information about the program is available on the Kings Highway safety upgrade page.
Safety Improvement Project at Foxs Elbow
Safety improvement work on the Kings Highway at Foxs Elbow will be carried out on the Kings highway near Foxs Elbow Road, Larbert. This $1.1m project is being delivered as part of the Safer Roads Program.
Work will take place for nine weeks from Monday 20 June until Friday 19 August, weather permitting. Our work hours will be between 7am and 4pm Monday to Friday. Safety improvements include widening shoulders and centrelines and installing a right turn bay into Foxs Elbow Road.
One lane will remain open to enable road users to pass through the worksite at all times. Road users should allow 10 minutes additional travel time. For more information, view the resident notification (PDF, 373Kb).
Kings Highway project in planning
Since 2019 there have been multiple Natural Disaster declarations in Eurobodalla Shire for storm, flood and bushfire events. These disasters have highlighted the need for the state road network to be safe and reliable and to ensure that roadside maintenance is adequate.
In early 2021 an arborist report identified approximately 400 high risk trees on the Clyde Mountain Pass section of the Kings Highway. These trees were badly burnt in the 2019/20 bushfires and have become significantly less stable due to the effects of storms and flooding. Transport for NSW has now removed these trees under full road closure of the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain.
An extensive program of improvement work will continue on the Kings Highway including safety treatments and slope stabilisation. This will improve safety for motorists by removing roadside hazards, improve safety for workers and improve security of the road network by reducing the likelihood of unplanned closures.
This project was identified due to a history of crashes on a two kilometre stretch of the Kings Highway near Currowan. The project scope included widening of road shoulders, installation of roadside safety barrier and installing a widened centreline with audio-tactile line. This $2.1 million project was completed in June 2021.
This project was developed to address a history of crashes on a curve 1.4 kilometres west of Misty Mountain Road. The safety improvements included widening of the road shoulders, installation of a widened centreline, audio-tactile line marking and a vehicle activated curve advisory sign. This $731,000 project was completed in May 2021.
This $900,000 project funded under the Safer Roads Program targeted safety improvements along two curves with a history of off road crashes. The project scope included widened shoulders, installation of roadside safety barrier, a widened centreline with audio-tactile line marking and upgraded curve advisory signage. The project was completed in December 2020.
This project was developed to address a history of crashes on the Kings Highway near Braidwood. More than half of the recorded crashes involved a collision into roadside objects. In all five fatal crashes a vehicle collided with a tree. This $0.895 million project delivered roadside safety treatments to the northern side of Braidwood and was completed in June 2020.
View the Braidwood Roadside Hazards page for more information about this project.
Following the outcomes of the 2012 Road Safety Review of the Kings Highway, the NSW Government provided $35 million in funding to improve safety and traffic efficiency for all road users along the Kings Highway. The package of work included:
- Over 21 kilometres of road rebuilding, sealing and drainage work
- Widening shoulders and installing five kilometres of roadside safety barrier
- Building a police enforcement bay at Captains Flat.
In 2012 the NSW Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime Services carried out a route safety review of 117 km of the Kings Highway between the Princes Highway roundabout at Batemans Bay and the eastern most part of the ACT border just north of Bungendore. After consultation with the community the Kings Highway safety review was finalised and released in March 2013.
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