The Kings Highway connects Canberra and Batemans Bay. It starts at Capital Hill then via Canberra Avenue, passing through Canberra's suburb of Fyshwick to Queanbeyan and heads south-east to Batemans Bay.
In 2006 construction commenced on Headquarters Joint Operations Command between Bungendore and Queanbeyan. The facility is expected to be completed in mid 2008. There is a potential future impact of approximately 800 extra cars a day travelling to the facility form Queanbeyan and Canberra.
Dozens of soft toys are placed in the eucalyptus trees along the stretch of road that connects Queanbeyan and Bungendore.
The Kings Highway links Highway 1 (Princes Highway) to the capital and links Canberrans to the sea (NSW South Coast beaches). As such, the highway is often busy on weekends, especially during summer. The highway also experiences a high number of car accidents, on occasions averaging around one every three days, costing the local community around the highway several million dollars a year .
Landscape is generally sheep country. The highway travels from the tablelands to the sea via Clyde Mountain.
Casualty crash rates on the Kings Highway are 85% higher than the NSW average and road fatalities are 8% higher. The NRMA Road survey found:
In particular, the rate of people hospitalised after crashes on the Kings Highway is well over the national average. 877 crashes were recorded on Kings Highway over a 10-year period, an average of about one crash every four days. Over this time there have been 24 fatal crashes, 355 crashes resulting in injury and 488 crashes resulting in property damage. The rate was worse than this in 2004, when there were 103 crashes resulting in six fatalities and 53 injuries.
Crashes on the Kings Highway have cost $42.65 million over the past three years – that’s equivalent to nearly $39,000 every day.
Safety: particular concerns over Clyde Mountain, and only 5% of road deemed to provide “safe”overtaking opportunities. Two blackspots (one in Eurobodalla and one in Palerang) and 16 blacklengths (nine in Eurobodalla, six in Palerang and one in Queanbeyan City) are identified. The 40km section of road over the Great Dividing Range – which includes Clyde Mountain – recorded the highest number of crashes,with 22% of all incidents occurring in this area.
The most common type of crash – 18% of all incidents – was when a vehicle leaves the road to the left on a right hand bend and crashes into a stationary object. Head-on collisions made up one in 10 of all crashes. Crashes occurred most frequently on Sundays (20%) and least frequently on Tuesdays (9%).