Kings Highway


Project overview

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.

Latest news

September 2023 - Traffic changes, Misty Mountain

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions from next week on the Kings Highway as traffic is moved onto the new alignment at Misty Mountain Road. These traffic changes will allow work on the new overtaking lane to continue as part of the Kings Highway upgrade program.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic will be moved onto the new road alignment from Thursday 21 September, weather permitting.

Transport for NSW is aiming to allow both lanes of traffic to be maintained continuously, however, intermittent stops of up to five minutes may be required on occasion to ensure the safety of motorists.

This new alignment will remain in place at all times and work will continue to be carried out between 7am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.

Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists. More information about the program is available on the Kings Highway safety upgrade page.

Projects completed

Clyde Mountain Roadside Hazards Removal

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.

Currowan Safety Improvements

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.

Buckenbowra Safety Improvements

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.

Nelligen Safety Improvements, West of Mccardys Creek

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.

Braidwood Safety Improvements

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.

Kings Highway Upgrades 2013-2019

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.

Kings Highway Road Safety Review

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. (PDF, 3.49 MB)

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