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 started in early 2019 and is planned to be complete in early 2023.

Updates and announcements

Major work planned between April and June 2019

Major work on the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement started in late February 2019.

Work planned between April and June 2019 will include:

  • building a temporary construction jetty on the south-western foreshore. A jetty is needed during major work to safely move materials on to the river
  • starting piling and construction of piers on the river using equipment including barges, pontoons and boats
  • setting up a marine exclusion zone, for the safety of river users and workers
  • completing the temporary boat ramp at Korners Park, for the convenience of boat users during construction
  • ongoing removal of trees and vegetation
  • changing traffic conditions on the Princes Highway between Kings Highway and North Street to safely carry out work building a temporary stretch of road to move the Princes Highway slightly east of the existing bridge so work can start on building the bridge approaches at the existing highway.
  • View or download our three month look-ahead community update (PDF, 1.2Mb) that explains work planned between 1 April and 30 June 2019.

    Permanent changes for motorists accessing Clyde Street

    From Monday 1 April, northbound and southbound right-hand turning movements from the Princes Highway into Clyde Street and eastbound movements from Clyde Street across the Princes Highway will not be permitted. This change will ensure the safety of workers and motorists while important construction work is carried out, including building a temporary stretch of road slightly east so work can start on building the bridge approaches at the existing highway. These changes have also been tested through traffic modelling and will also help improve traffic flow during upcoming peak holiday periods.

    View or download the March 2019 Letter to Residents (PDF, 142Kb) that explains detour options.

    Manufacturing the bridge’s concrete segments locally

    A temporary facility is being built at an existing quarry on Springwater Place, about six kilometres south of Mogo. The facility is required to build the 168 concrete box segments for the project. Work will include installing fencing and environmental controls, levelling the site, building a concrete slab and temporary sheds and offices, setting up and using specialty equipment to make the concrete components and setting up parking and amenities for workers.

    Benefits of setting up the facility at this location include keeping employment and training opportunities in the local area, minimising environmental impacts by using an existing quarry site and reducing heavy vehicle movements in the Batemans Bay town centre.

    Work to build the site is underway and the manufacture the concrete segments will start in late May 2019 and take about two years to complete.

    View or download the March 2019 notification (PDF, 231Kb) that explains work planned.

Detailed design

The design of the bridge and approach roads is complete. Improvements have been made to the project following the community 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 foreshore 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 community 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.

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 first half of 2019.

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

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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