A section of North Head Drive from south of the Moruya Airport turnoff to the granite quarry will be closed for five weeks from Monday 24 May to allow major road rebuilding and safety improvement works.
Commuters – including those heading north to the airport from Moruya – will need to use the Princes Highway and Broulee Road. Cyclists will also need to take the alternate route.
Eurobodalla Council has secured substantial grants for strengthening and widening the road and Garlandtown Bridge. The upgrades will meet future transport needs of the coastal growth corridor and Moruya Airport as well as improving safety for cyclists and residents.
Eurobodalla Council’s infrastructure director Warren Sharpe said traffic controllers would escort residents and visitors to properties within the construction site, however through traffic would not be possible.
“The section west of Garlandtown Bridge has a restricted working area between the hill and the river. Closing the road means the work can be completed much faster and safer than trying to rebuild the road with more than four thousand vehicles per day passing through the worksite,” he said.
“We do have a good alternate route via the Princes Highway and Broulee Road, which takes less than one-minute extra to and from Moruya, so we are asking for the cooperation of our community whilst these important roadways are undertaken.”
People accessing Moruya Airport, the racecourse or speedway should allow additional time to travel via the alternate route while North Head Drive is closed.
Mr Sharpe acknowledged Eurobodalla motorists were in the midst of multiple road closures and delays.
“Floods, bad weather and bushfire recovery work have combined to push scheduled programs of work,” he said.
“We know it’s inconvenient with Transport for NSW doing a lot of work on the highway, and Council crews busy on local roads.
“Delays and detours are frustrating for everyone, but this is important work that needs doing to improve road safety.”
North Head Drive is expected to reopen Wednesday 30 June, weather permitting.