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Relief for drivers as first sod turned on Nerriga Road upgrades
Monday, 4 December 2017
Travel to and from the NSW South Coast through Queanbeyan-Palerang will soon be improved after the first sod was turned to commence work on upgrading Nerriga Road.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall was joined by Member for Monaro John Barilaro and NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey in turning the first sod on the $39m upgrade.
Mayor Overall highlighted the significance of Nerriga Road to the region by saying that not only does the road service the local community but it also it forms an important transport link between the ACT, south-western NSW and the South Coast of NSW.
“Nerriga Road is approximately 50km in length between Braidwood and Nerriga. Beyond Nerriga the road continues for a further 70km and links Queanbeyan-Palerang with Nowra, the Shoalhaven and Illawarra districts, and beyond.
“Approximately 16.5km of Nerriga Road currently remains unsealed. This roads package will see the sealing of those sections as well as the widening and reconstruction of some sections and the replacement of the single-lane timber bridge at Charleyong,” the Mayor said.
Recent traffic volumes on the road between Nerriga and Braidwood range from around 800 vehicles per day near Nerriga down to around 200 vehicles per day south of Charleyong. Traffic volumes increase significantly during the summer peak and during ACT holiday periods.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the project continues the good work of the NSW Government in improving road infrastructure in the region.
“Only last week we opened a 4.1km stretch of highway between River Forest Road and Mongarlowe River, about 20 kilometres south east of Braidwood.
“This latest project will continue the NSW Government’s commitment to improving road safety in rural and regional communities across the state,” said Mr Barilaro.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that the upgrade provides significant improvements for freight in the region and will also benefit the many commuter travellers that use the road.
“With several unsealed sections of the current road, there are significant restrictions and limitations to the size of heavy vehicles that are able to use the road.
“Upgrading the road will provide an alternative for heavy vehicles travelling to and from the NSW South Coast and will result in fewer heavy vehicles using the busy Kangaroo Valley and Macquarie Pass”, Mrs Pavey said.
Work to upgrade the road will be undertaken in sections. The first section, a 7km stretch from Grants Road towards Charleyong, is estimated to cost $9m.
The work will be undertaken by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council using its own resources. Council has the ability to deliver successful large-scale roads projects having been responsible for constructing the $17.9 million project to straighten 4.1km of Kings Highway between River Forest Road and Mongarlowe River. That project was the largest roads project ever undertaken by Council using its own resources.
Planning and design work for the first section is complete and construction is expected to start in January. Traffic management will be in place throughout the works.
Work on the first section is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018, weather permitting.