Araluen Road repairs

Published on 12 February 2021

Image of damage on Araluen Road

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council today announced that the safety of drivers in Araluen and surrounds will soon be improved as work gets underway to fix flood-damaged sections of Araluen Road.

Araluen Road extends from near the village of Araluen, south of Braidwood, through the Eurobodalla Shire Council region to Moruya. The road suffered significant damage during heavy rains and flooding in 2020. The upcoming works will improve the road surface and drainage on the damaged road.

With the work commencing on Monday 15 February 2021, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said this project was one of many in the region that have become necessary due to fires and floods in 2020.

“I believe I am speaking on behalf of most residents of Araluen and surrounds when I say that this much anticipated works will come as great relief to users of the road,” said Mayor Overall.

Araluen Road primarily serves local residents. It can also provide a link between Moruya and Braidwood. However, with damage in both the Queanbeyan-Palerang and Eurobodalla sections of the road as a result of fires, floods and periods of heavy rain leading to mud and rock slides, travellers passing through the region have been strongly discouraged from using the road.

The planned repair works includes gravel re-sheeting of approximately 10km of Araluen Road from south of Neringla Lane to Pigeon Gully. There will also be vegetation trimming and select drainage repairs.

Residents and motorists using Araluen Road will experience an increase in truck and construction equipment movements between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, for the duration of the works. Drivers are urged to exercise caution when travelling through the work site and on roads leading to the work site that will be used by trucks involved in the project.

To ensure safety of motorists and road workers, traffic controllers will manage traffic passing through the project during the day.  Delays of up to 15 minutes may be expected.

The project is anticipated to take approximately six weeks and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2021, weather permitting.