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KINGS HIGHWAY TO REOPEN TO TRAFFIC
The Kings Highway will be reopened to traffic this afternoon, after crews worked around the clock to repair damage caused by devastating bushfires.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said this is great news for the region and a huge relief for local businesses.
“The fires have devastated many local communities and left residents on edge for weeks. The closure of key transport routes has only added to the heartache,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The summer months are normally the busiest for towns like Braidwood, but the closure of the Kings Highway between Braidwood and North Batemans Bay has meant businesses have been doing it tough.
“I know news of the reopening will come as a huge relief to many across the Monaro and with the South Coast back open for business, I encourage residents to head down the Kings Highway for their holidays.
“On your way make sure you stop into towns like Braidwood and Bungendore. Have lunch and a look around at the wonderful shops and cafes in our regional communities.
“It is so important we continue to support our regional communities, who have been hit hard with the ongoing drought and devastating bushfires.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Transport for NSW crews had been working hard to reopen bushfire affected roads across the state and restore connections for impacted communities.
“Up to 70 workers a day have been on the ground to reopen the Kings Highway since the recovery effort began on Monday 6 January, and today I am pleased to see it will be open to all road users weeks ahead of schedule.”
A number of fires are still burning across NSW and motorists should be prepared for conditions to change quickly.