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Kings Highway closures mooted

By johnboy - 11 April 2013 44

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The ABC reports that the NSW Government is planning to shut down the Kings Highway from tuesday to thursday for weeks in May to make Poo Corner safer after the April rockslide last year:

Work to help prevent landslides along the highway is expected to cause a major disruption to traffic.

The Government says it is flexible in when the work starts and will accept feedback on the dates.

But the closures are planned over five weeks from May, and will close the road around the Clyde Mountain from 7:30am on Tuesdays until 5:00pm on Thursdays.

The Government says it has considered other options but the location and work required make it impossible to continue letting traffic through.

We’re hearing whining from Eurobodalla but I think we’d all rather the work got done than not.

What’s Your opinion?


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Kings Highway closures mooted
IrishPete 3:51 pm 12 Apr 13
MrLinus 3:16 pm 12 Apr 13

Alderney said :

dtc said :

goggles13 said :

work has to be done, but good information needs to be provided on alternative routes to the coast that suit the majority of people who use the road

Nerriga if you are going north of BB (or Kangaroo Valley for a slightly longer trip)

Brown mountain if going south (? not sure how well it has been fixed up since its last set of problems – but its the only route anyway)

Can anyone come up with a cheap tunnel blaster in the near future (maybe borrow that one from Switzerland) so we can just put a tunnel or two through the mountain

Bateman’s Bay is sooo passé. If I wanted to go to an overcrowded seaside I’d go back to the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Honestly, BB is like being by the seaside in China for a day; too many people.

Merimbula on the other hand is still a lovely village unspoilt by the teaming hordes.

I see a flaw in your tunnel plan insofar as it’s less mountain and more escarpment. A tunnel, unless angled at an upwards elevation, will just end up allowing one access to the subterranean.

Brown Mountain is a terrible way to go, shocking road, takes too long. Full of terrible drivers who can’t drive to the conditions and just plain dangerous. I’d stay off it if I were you. 😉

OK so good to know, will avoid Merimbula as a holiday destination from now on as it appears to be full of pretentious know it alls.

dtc 2:55 pm 12 Apr 13

Probably add, for those that havent driven it, that if you go via Neriga to the Jervis Bay turnoff (taking Turpentine Road at the end), its about 2hrs 30 minutes, give or take. From there its just under an hour to BB.

thebrownstreak69 1:21 pm 12 Apr 13

IrishPete said :

Nerriga Road has two options, depending on how comfortable you are on dirt road:

from King’s Highway at Braidwood, 14km of the road between Braidwood and Nerriga is unsealed. Turpentine Road at the other end is also mostly unsealed but if going all the way to Nowra I think that’s all sealed.

Or from Bungendore through Tarago and on to Oallen Ford Road with just a couple of km of dirt but not a great choice in wet weather http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/1321979/oallen-ford-rescue/ Currently some big road works going on the dirt road near Oallen Ford and there’s a new bridge going to be built there soon, so let’s hope none of that coincides with the King’s Highway closures. Current bridge only rated for 5 tonnes, so no trucks or big caravans and camper vans. The van and caravan pictured in the link above may have been pushing the weight limit… Also that way is not well signposted, so plan it carefully, or use a trustworthy satellite navigation gadget.

Araluen Road I would not recommend for anyone other than very confident dirt road drivers; given the quality of driving on the Kings Highway, I wouldn’t be wanting those people using Araluen Road. Also very sticky and slippery in the wet. Caravans are not recommended for that road.

IP

Good advice, this.

IrishPete 12:53 pm 12 Apr 13

Nerriga Road has two options, depending on how comfortable you are on dirt road:

from King’s Highway at Braidwood, 14km of the road between Braidwood and Nerriga is unsealed. Turpentine Road at the other end is also mostly unsealed but if going all the way to Nowra I think that’s all sealed.

Or from Bungendore through Tarago and on to Oallen Ford Road with just a couple of km of dirt but not a great choice in wet weather http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/1321979/oallen-ford-rescue/ Currently some big road works going on the dirt road near Oallen Ford and there’s a new bridge going to be built there soon, so let’s hope none of that coincides with the King’s Highway closures. Current bridge only rated for 5 tonnes, so no trucks or big caravans and camper vans. The van and caravan pictured in the link above may have been pushing the weight limit… Also that way is not well signposted, so plan it carefully, or use a trustworthy satellite navigation gadget.

Araluen Road I would not recommend for anyone other than very confident dirt road drivers; given the quality of driving on the Kings Highway, I wouldn’t be wanting those people using Araluen Road. Also very sticky and slippery in the wet. Caravans are not recommended for that road.

IP

qbngeek 12:13 pm 12 Apr 13

dtc said :

goggles13 said :

work has to be done, but good information needs to be provided on alternative routes to the coast that suit the majority of people who use the road

Nerriga if you are going north of BB (or Kangaroo Valley for a slightly longer trip)

Brown mountain if going south (? not sure how well it has been fixed up since its last set of problems – but its the only route anyway)

Can anyone come up with a cheap tunnel blaster in the near future (maybe borrow that one from Switzerland) so we can just put a tunnel or two through the mountain

Forget Brown mountain, just go via either Nerriga Road or Araluen. Both bring you back to Braidwood anyway. Both are easily traversable in a 2WD hatch or sedan.

johnboy 9:03 am 12 Apr 13

There will always be kangaroo valley

magiccar9 8:55 am 12 Apr 13

dtc said :

Can anyone come up with a cheap tunnel blaster in the near future (maybe borrow that one from Switzerland) so we can just put a tunnel or two through the mountain

That would take half the fun out of driving to the coast. Nothing like the dark, damp, fresh feeling of driving down the Clyde with the window rolled down. That is, until you come across a semi or a caravan….

Alderney 8:45 am 12 Apr 13

dtc said :

goggles13 said :

work has to be done, but good information needs to be provided on alternative routes to the coast that suit the majority of people who use the road

Nerriga if you are going north of BB (or Kangaroo Valley for a slightly longer trip)

Brown mountain if going south (? not sure how well it has been fixed up since its last set of problems – but its the only route anyway)

Can anyone come up with a cheap tunnel blaster in the near future (maybe borrow that one from Switzerland) so we can just put a tunnel or two through the mountain

Bateman’s Bay is sooo passé. If I wanted to go to an overcrowded seaside I’d go back to the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Honestly, BB is like being by the seaside in China for a day; too many people.

Merimbula on the other hand is still a lovely village unspoilt by the teaming hordes.

I see a flaw in your tunnel plan insofar as it’s less mountain and more escarpment. A tunnel, unless angled at an upwards elevation, will just end up allowing one access to the subterranean.

Brown Mountain is a terrible way to go, shocking road, takes too long. Full of terrible drivers who can’t drive to the conditions and just plain dangerous. I’d stay off it if I were you. 😉

enrique 8:41 am 12 Apr 13

dtc said :

Can anyone come up with a cheap tunnel blaster in the near future (maybe borrow that one from Switzerland) so we can just put a tunnel or two through the mountain

This!

Love tunnels.

dtc 11:05 pm 11 Apr 13

goggles13 said :

work has to be done, but good information needs to be provided on alternative routes to the coast that suit the majority of people who use the road

Nerriga if you are going north of BB (or Kangaroo Valley for a slightly longer trip)

Brown mountain if going south (? not sure how well it has been fixed up since its last set of problems – but its the only route anyway)

Can anyone come up with a cheap tunnel blaster in the near future (maybe borrow that one from Switzerland) so we can just put a tunnel or two through the mountain

Pork Hunt 9:15 pm 11 Apr 13

MissChief said :

Ah yes, poo corner. My sister recently told me the teddies are left there as soft fluffy toilet paper. How thoughtful of people.

What about the ones nailed to trees on the highway? Can’t wipe your butt/buttress on those…

MissChief 8:48 pm 11 Apr 13

Ah yes, poo corner. My sister recently told me the teddies are left there as soft fluffy toilet paper. How thoughtful of people.

goggles13 6:33 pm 11 Apr 13

work has to be done, but good information needs to be provided on alternative routes to the coast that suit the majority of people who use the road

bundah 5:52 pm 11 Apr 13

I agree it’s got to be done and May is a relatively quiet time so why not.Beats having a landslide during holiday season.

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