O’Farrell must commit to Kings Hwy

Shadow Special Minister of State and the former Member for Monaro Steve Whan has called on the O’Farrell Government to commit new funding of at least $12 million in this week’s Budget for the Kings Highway section between the top of the Clyde Mountain and Mongarlowe River.”Over the last few years, significant improvements have been made to sections of the Kings Highway between Queanbeyan and Braidwood. This has left the sectionbetween Mongarlowe River and the Clyde Mountain needing the most urgent new upgrade,” Mr Whan said.“This section of road has a 90km/h speed limit, no shoulders and is very high risk.“The roads authority has already undertaken design work on this section of the road and Eurobodalla Shire Council (who undertook some of the work) estimated the cost ofupgrade at approximately $12 million.“I have no doubt the Clyde Mountain and Mongarlowe River section of the Kings Highway should be the next to receive an upgrade.”Obviously we would also expect the normal maintenance work and the projects underway between Batemans Bay and Nelligen to be completed.”Over Labor’s last term in government, more than $42 million was spent on the Kings Highway. People in this region have a right to expect that this level of spending would at least be maintained, if not increased.“Last year’s $5.4 million allocation for the road by the O’Farrell Government was just not enough and this year we should see nearly three times that amount delivered for the highway.”Eurobodalla Shire Council has identified some $60 million worth of work it believes needs to be undertaken and the O’Farrell Government needs to ensure that this workis planned and budgeted for in a reasonable time frame.”The Kings Highway has seen a lot of work over recent years but there is still plenty to do and there are still far too many tragic accidents. I would emphasise though that even if all the work had been undertaken it, like any road, requires patience and respect from road users.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.