UPDATE: Kings Highway remains closed at Batemans Bay due to bushfires

as at 9:00am Dec 19th 2019

Motorists are advised access remains closed into Batemans Bay via the Kings Highway as bushfires continue to impact the road network in the area.

Transport for NSW Regional Director Southern, Sam Knight, said Transport for NSW is working with emergency service operators and other stakeholders to ensure communities are safe.

“With the ongoing fires in and around the Eurobodalla Local Government Area and predicted high temperatures and strong winds over the coming days, it will be some time before Transport for NSW crews are able to assess the damage to the Kings Highway,” Ms Knight said.

“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 the inconvenience to motorists, the number one priority remains safety and we are working very closely with the Rural Fire Service and NSW Police in assisting their current efforts.”

Transport for NSW and Eurobodalla Shire Council staff need to assess the damage and undertake any required repairs prior to re-opening the road.

Ms Knight said due to predicted extreme weather in the coming days it is likely other major highways within the region could be affected if the fires continue to spread.

“Transport for NSW is continuously monitoring a number of fires throughout the area and is urging motorists to plan their journey and follow for the latest updates.

“Motorists should also continue to exercise caution, and follow the directions of emergency services and traffic crews.”

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