Preferred location identified for new bridge at Nelligen

16 September 2015

A new Kings Highway bridge crossing the Clyde River at Nelligen has moved a step closer with a preferred location identified to the north of the existing bridge.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the NSW Government allocated $600,000 in 2015/16 to continue planning for a new bridge, after a routine inspection identified the supporting concrete pillars under the existing bridge had deteriorated.

“The strength of the bridge has been assessed and, while the bridge is still able to safely carry normal traffic loads, significant maintenance or replacement will be required in the future,” Mr Constance said.

“As a result, options to repair or replace the bridge have been investigated.

“A value management workshop was held earlier this year involving representatives from Roads and Maritime Services, Eurobodalla Shire Council and the community. Four options were discussed for repair or replacement of the bridge.

“It was agreed a new bridge to the north of the existing bridge was the best option with the least impact on heritage and the community.

“A new bridge would also include improvements to approaches which would address safety issues to the east where there have been two fatal crashes in the past five years.

“The highway approaches would be widened and bends straightened to meet an 80km/h design standard.”

The new bridge would include 3.5 metre wide lanes with 2.5 metre wide shoulders.

The proposed new bridge would also improve safety for pedestrians by providing a footpath separated from traffic with barriers.

Mr Constance said it was proposed to demolish the old bridge after the new bridge is completed.

A concept design will be now be developed and environmental assessment carried out as planning for the new bridge progresses to the next stage.

The options report is available to view at www.rms.nsw.gov.au

MEDIA: Andrew Constance 0400 943 597

View the original media release.

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