Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
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Pacific Highway, New England Highway, John Renshaw Drive, Southern Freeway, Mount Ousley Road & Princes Highway (National Route 1) (Decommissioned) - Historic Photos: Cobargo to Bega

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National Route 1 forms part of the main coastal route between Victoria and Queensland. The route features a mix of rural highway, arterial and freeway design standards. The route forms part of what is collectively known as Highway 1. It is Australia's coastal highway joining all mainland's state capitals and coastal towns circumnavigating the entire Australian continent. It is also the longest numbered highway in the world, covering more than 14 500 km.

In New South Wales, National Route 1 was truncated by National Highway 1 between Beresfield and Wahroonga, by Metroad 1 between Wahroonga and Waterfall and by M1 at Tweed Heads West.

Southern Section:

The southern section of National Route 1 is formed by 2 separate sections of the Southern Freeway, linked by dual carriageway Mt Ousley Road. At the end of southern segment of the Southern Freeway, National Route continues as Princes Highway. The route from Kiama to Sydney is a mix of divided road and freeway, the majority of the route from Gerringong to the Victorian border is undivided rural highway standard and undivided urban arterial within some towns, with some dual carriageway sections sporadically placed between Bomaderry and tourist areas immediately south of Nowra.

The Princes Highway was formed from a string of roads linking Sydney to the Illawarra, which later was renumbered from National Route 1 to Metroad 1 in the Sydney area during the 1990s.

The Princes Highway section of NR1 formed a coastal route from Yallah, in Wollongong's southern suburbs to Melbourne and into South Australia. The route is a mix of urban arterial road, dual carriageway and also rural highway.

History:

Princes Highway:

There has been a number of alignment changes in the Bega area, and they are as follows (courtesy of Sam Laybutt (Ozroads)):

This page concentrates on historic photos of Princes Highway between Cobargo and Bega.

Preview: Description:
Brogo River Bridge:
Brogo River bridge under construction, with portion of old bridge on right. 1936.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Brogo River:
Concrete and steel bridge, 506 ft long, over Brogo River at Brogo, 1937.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Quaama:
Section of gravel pavement, near the village of Quaama, 1937.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Bega:
Avenue of poplars near Bega, 1938.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Double Creek:
New steel and concrete bridge over Double Creek north of Bega on the Princes Highway, 1961.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Bega River:
Bridge over Bega River at Bega, 1975.

Image © Department of Main Roads

1 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads and State & Regional Roads, 31 January 2011
2 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1932-33
3 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1933-34
4 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1934-35
5 RTA Thematic History, 2nd Edition, 2006
6 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1936-37
7 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1949-50
8 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1955-56
9 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1956-57
10 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1958-59
11 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1959-60
12 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1963-64
13 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1970-71
14 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1971-72
15 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1972-73
16 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1976-77
17 Bega Daily News, Road Work At Alsops Creek, 11 October 2002
18 Bega Daily News, 2 August 2011

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