Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project

The $274 million project will build better connections in and around Batemans Bay for motorists, freight, river users, pedestrians and cyclists.
Major work is on track to start early 2019.

Updates and announcements

In the first few months of 2019, we will be finishing early work and starting construction of the new bridge.

View or download our three month look-ahead community update (PDF, 430Kb) that explains work planned between January and March 2019.

You can also view the below video showing the five steps involved in building the new bridge.

Detailed design

The design of the bridge and approach roads is complete. Improvements have been made to the project following the communities feedback last year. There will be reduced piers in the water and wider spans for improved river flow, safety and design. New left turn lanes have been added at the Kings and Princes highways intersection to improve traffic flow during peak travel periods and the forshore space will also be developed to further improve access to the river. The new construction method will also minimise impacts to the town centre while major work is underway. Please view or download the detailed design community update for more information.

The project team held two drop-in sessions on Thursday 13 and Monday 17 December to answer the communities questions about the detailed design and discuss upcoming work. We thank community members for taking the time to meet with us.

A summary of the community's feedback that helped shape the final design can be viewed in the Submissions Report.

Update on early work

In preparation for major work early next year, we are relocating underwater utilities in and around the foreshore. Please view or download the foreshore notification – October 2018 for more information.

A small barge is on the Clyde River for underwater geotechnical investigations.. For the safety of workers and other vessels, the barge will be surrounded by navigation safety buoys and signage at all times.

Work has also started on building the temporary project office and community information centre on the site of the former bowling club in the northern section of Mackay Park. Please view or download the site office notification October 2018 for more information.

Foreshore advisory committee

The foreshore advisory committee continues to meet regularly to provide advice on the foreshore area. The committee brings together representatives from council, the local business community, Aboriginal communities, fishing and boating groups and community members. The design of the foreshore will be available to the community in early 2019.

View or download the Terms of Reference of the Foreshore advisory committee.

Update on the independent coastal study

In response to community concerns, an independent study is being carried out by GHD to better understand the coastal impacts of the Batemans Bay Bridge project.

Roads and Maritime completed the environmental assessment of the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project in late 2017. The assessment found that the new bridge would have minimal impacts on coastal processes such as waves, tides and currents, flood flow and sediment transport (erosion and accretion) compared to the existing structure.  In May 2018, it was determined that the project had considered its environmental impacts and provided satisfactory mitigations where required and the project was approved for construction.

The first phase of the study will review the outcome of the environmental assessment regarding coastal processes and confirm any impacts caused by the new bridge. If it is found the new bridge will adversely impact erosion processes compared to the existing bridge, the report will offer additional mitigations as part of the project. The second phase of the study is separate to the bridge project and will be an investigation into the broader causes of historic erosion in Surfside. The study will result in a report that will provide the community with a greater understanding of the causes of erosion in the area.

If you would like to be kept informed about the study or have any information you would like to contribute to their assessment then please email batemansbaybridge@jhg.com.au or phone 1800 870 119.

We will be keeping key stakeholder informed of the study as it progresses.

We will make the first phase of the report publicly available when it is complete in early 2019.

Maintaining access to the river for boat users during construction

The project team require use of the Old Punt Road and Clyde Street boat ramps during stages of construction. To provide continuous river access for boat users, we will be building a new temporary boat ramp at Korners Park on the northern foreshore of Batemans Bay. To avoid disruptions during the peak holiday period, both the existing northern and southern boat ramps will remain open until late January 2019.

The temporary boat ramp at Korners Park will be removed after its use. Community feedback and studies during the Review of Environmental Factors found that Korners Park would to be reinstated because of its historical significance to the area.

Please view or download the boat ramp relocation diagram showing how we will be maintaining river access at all times or view the FAQ – boat ramp notification for more information.

How are we building the new bridge?

View or download the December FAQ – detailed design that shows the project’s construction method.


Video - Batemans Bay Bridge detailed design


 


 


Video - Five steps to build Batemans Bay Bridge


 


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