Araluen Road re-opened after repairs - and more improvements to come!

Published on 23 April 2020

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Araluen Road, south east of Braidwood, has reopened today following works to repair fire and flood damage on the section of road that is within the Queanbeyan-Palerang area.

Araluen Road extends from near Araluen through the Eurobodalla Shire Council (ESC) region to Moruya.

The road had been closed since mid-December 2019 due to the devastating Currowan bushfire. It also suffered significant damage during heavy rains and flooding in February 2020.

QPRC and ESC have been working on their respective sections of the road. ESC implemented some temporary measures around damaged bridges and creek crossings in their region, and expects those repairs to be completed in the coming months.

QPRC has now completed clearing of dangerous trees and debris from both the fires and flooding and repairing sections of the road’s surface. More extensive gravel pavement re-sheeting of the road washed away in the floods will take place in the coming months. The road will remain open under traffic control during these works.

In further good news for users of Araluen Road, QPRC has been successful in a grant application to the 2020/21 NSW Safer Roads Program and will receive close to $670,000 for further improvements to the sealed section of Araluen Road.

The funding will allow vegetation clearing, installation of semi-rigid guard rails, vehicle activated signs, raised reflective pavement markers (‘cats eyes’) and other signage – all aimed at improving safety for users of the road.

Work funded by this grant is expected to commence in late 2020.

While QPRC has now removed the “road closed” signs from Araluen Road, we remind drivers to restrict travel to essential travel only until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.