Transport for NSW is urging residents and visitors to the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla areas to be patient as bushfires continue to hamper efforts to carry out repairs to the Kings Highway.
Transport for NSW Regional Director Southern Sam Knight said the Kings Highway has been closed between Braidwood and Nelligen due to fires and is unlikely to reopen in the near future.
“There are active bushfires along the road up to the top of Clyde Mountain, meaning road crews cannot yet safely access the site to carry out repairs,” Ms Knight said.
“There are a lot of trees down and crews are waiting until the fire risk has abated so they can start inspections and repair damage caused by fires, which will then allow the road to reopen to traffic.
“Transport for NSW will continue to keep the community informed about progress in getting this road back into service and we will have crews working around the clock once it is safe to do so.
“We have a duty of care to ensure that everyone is safe and realistically, we could be looking at a minimum of a month before the road reopens to traffic.”
Transport for NSW continues to work with key stakeholders including the heavy vehicle industry, local freight drivers and tourism services in providing updates on the status of the road.
“While we appreciate this impacts the community, particularly at this time of year, our number one priority remains safety and we are working very closely with the Eurobodalla Shire Council, Rural Fire Service and NSW Police in assisting their current efforts,” Ms Knight said.