Kings Highway

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.

The Kings Highway showing the curves and slope of the road as it winds through farmland and forested areas.

Updates and announcements

Realignment work on the Kings Highway east of Nelligen was completed in late August 2016. The work was carried out by Eurobodalla Shire Council on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services and involved realigning 1.2 kilometres of the highway from Old Nelligen Road towards Batemans Bay.

At River Forest Road work to realign the highway between River Forest Road and the Mongarlowe River started in July 2015. Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council is carrying out work on behalf of Roads and Maritime. The work is expected to be completed late 2017, weather permitting.

Work is being carried out on weekdays between 7am and 5pm and on Saturdays between 8am and 2pm, weather permitting.

The NSW Government allocated $25 million for major improvements on the Kings Highway to improve safety for motorists

The Kings Highway is the only direct east-west route connecting the ACT with the NSW South Coast. Alternative routes via Nowra to the north (using the Hume and Princes highways) or, Cooma to the south (using the Monaro and Princes highways) are much longer, adding an additional 300 kilometres to a one-way trip.

The Kings Highway is the only transport corridor serving the Queanbeyan to Batemans Bay corridor.

In 2012 the NSW Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime carried out a road safety review of the Kings Highway between the Princes Highway roundabout at Batemans Bay and the eastern most part of the ACT border just south of Bungendore. The Kings Highway Safety Review was finalised and released in March 2013, with recommendations for a combination of engineering, behavioural and police enforcement programs.

The NSW government has provided $25m for safety improvements along the Kings Highway. Roads and Maritime worked with the NSW Centre for Road Safety, Eurobodalla Shire Council and Palerang Shire Council to identify, plan and construct the safety improvements.

Road safety projects on the Kings Highway

Current projects

Part of the highway at between River Forest Road and the Mongarlowe River, showing a sharp left-hand bend through a heavily forested area, and a state 'Black Spots' traffic sign.

River Forest Road to Mongarlowe River

Roads and Maritime has engaged Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council to realign 4.1 kilometres of the road to improve safety on the highway between River Forest Road and the Mongarlowe River, south east of Braidwood. As part of this work a number of trees have been removed to make room for the new alignment which will include an overtaking lane and widening the shoulders on the side of the road. A roadside safety barrier will also be installed as part of this work.

Work started in July 2015 and is expected to be completed by late 2017. Work will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 5pm and on Saturdays between 8am and 2pm, weather permitting.

Projects in planning

Nelligen Bridge

Roads and Maritime is investigating further options for the future of Nelligen Bridge over the Clyde River at Nelligen.

In 2011, Roads and Maritime identified deterioration of the reinforced concrete piles under the bridge during routine inspections. Structural engineers have assessed the strength of the bridge and found it is still able to safely carry normal highway loads, but will deteriorate over time. The bridge will require significant future maintenance. Options for repair or replacement are being investigated. Roads and Maritime is currently carrying out a cost benefit analysis of the major rehabilitation and new bridge options.

For more information visit the Nelligen Bridge page.

Roadside hazards on the Kings Highway at Braidwood

Roads and Maritime is reviewing two sections of the highway on either side of Braidwood. They are:

  • 3.8kms of road east of Monkittee Street, east of Braidwood
  • 1.8kms of road between Nerriga Road and Deloraine Lane, north of Braidwood.

A range of road safety hazards have been identified on these lengths of road. Roadside hazards in these areas include trees, drains and parts of Mona Creek where it is close to the road. Roads and Maritime is investigating ways in which this section of highway can be improved.

For more information visit the Braidwood roadside hazards page.

Projects completed

East of Nelligen

Roads and Maritime engaged Eurobodalla Shire Council to realign 1.2 kilometres of the road to improve safety on the highway from Old Nelligen Road towards Batemans Bay on the Kings Highway east of Nelligen. The work also included widening the road shoulders and installing safety barriers.
Work started in June 2015 and was completed in August 2016.

Section of road at Misty Mountain, showing the sharp bend to be realigned to improve road safety.

Misty Mountain

Roads and Maritime engaged Eurobodalla Shire Council to widen a 500m stretch of the road at Misty Mountain, about 19 kilometres north west of Nelligen. Vegetation was also removed to improve line of sight for motorists and to widen the road, while a guardrail was installed on the side of the road to improve safety for motorists. Work started in late April 2015 and was completed in March 2016.

A long straight stretch of Kings Highway and the Warri Bridge over the Shoalhaven River, with large trees on either side of the road.

East of Shoalhaven River

Roads and Maritime engaged Palerang Shire Council to build an overtaking lane, widen the shoulder and remove roadside hazards to improve safety for motorists along 1.6km of the highway east of the Shoalhaven River. Work started in mid 2014 and was completed in July 2015.

Rocks spilling through a barrier fence onto the highway at Clyde Mountain due to a landslip.

Clyde Mountain

Work was completed in September 2014 to stabilise the slope at Clyde Mountain. In 2015 further safety improvements included resurfacing the road and installing guardrails to protect motorists from hazards. For further information see the Clyde Mountain Stabilisation page.

Cars on the highway near Larbert Road, after realignment of the curves was completed.

East of Larbert Road

Work was completed in June 2014 to improve safety by realigning the curve of the road, widen the shoulder and improve the road surface.

Doughboy

Work was completed in June 2014 to widen the shoulder, improve road surface, and extend the overtaking lane at Doughboy, as well as to upgrade the Police enforcement bay.

Captains Flat enforcement Bay

Police Enforcement Bay, Captains Flat

Roads and Maritime engaged Queanbeyan City Council to build a police enforcement site at Captains Flat for speed and drink drive enforcement. This site will also be used by Roads and Maritime vehicle regulation inspectors checking heavy vehicles travelling to Canberra and Queanbeyan. Work on this site was completed June 2015.

Bungendore and Braidwood local traffic study

In conjunction with Palerang Council, Roads and Maritime Services prepared a local traffic study to identify safety and amenity improvements for the local communities in Braidwood and Bungendore.

Construction of a pedestrian facility with central refuge islands on the highway (Malbon Street) at Ellendon Street was completed in July 2015.

Clear zone hazard management

Safety improvements along the length of the highway include installation of guardrails to protect motorists from hazards, and clearing and removal of vegetation to improve site distance for motorists.

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