The upgrade works for Turpentine Road have been finalised with the road officially opened on Thursday by Mayor Amanda Findley and Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis MP. Roadworks were carried out over three stages covering the 8 km of unsealed road - 4.6km from the Princes Highway finishing at Braidwood Road.
The 10 tonne load limit on Turpentine Road no longer applies and a speed limit of 80 kph is now enforced.
Council received funding for the upgrade totalling $6,450,000 from government programs including the Gilmore Safety Program Total: $2,000,000; Black Spot Program Total: $1,584,000 and Roads to Recovery Total: $2,866,000.
Shoalhaven City Council engaged Select Civil to complete the project which included:
- 4km of road upgrade from 4.6km from the Princes Highway and finishing at Flat Rock Creek Bridge. This project commenced May 2015 and was completed in April 2016 at a cost of $3,350,000
- 4km of road upgrade from Flat Rock Creek Bridge to Braidwood Road commenced March 2016 completion 30 November 2016 well ahead of scheduled February 2017. Final cost came in under $3,100,000.
Tree and vegetation clearing to 5m from edge line including relocation of hollow bearing trees and fauna
Excavation and construction of a fully sealed 7m wide road with 1.5m sealed shoulders
Realignment of 500m to provide horizontal safety improvements
In addition, Council funded the rehabilitated of 300m of narrow, failing pavement at the Princes Highway end of Turpentine Road including stabilising existing pavement material, overlay of base gravel and bitumen seal.