Batemans Bay Bridge project

Roads and Maritime Services is investigating options for the future of Batemans Bay Bridge.

Princes Highway over Clyde River, Batemans Bay

Updates and announcements

Geotechnical work is underway

Roads and Maritime commenced geotechnical work on the Clyde River on Monday 20 March 2017 to investigate options for the future of Batemans Bay Bridge. Geotechnical work is planned to take approximately 7 weeks.

From early April 2017, a barge will be located near the Batemans Bay Bridge on the Clyde River to carry out the final stages of the work. Marine signs and lights will be installed on the barge for safe navigation.

Geotechnical work follows earlier investigations including surveys, preliminary environmental reports, traffic modelling and inspections of the bridge.

This work will be used with earlier investigations to complete a report on a preferred option. This will be made available to the public in late 2017. The community will have an opportunity to make comment on the report at this time.

Project background

The Batemans Bay Bridge is located on the Princes Highway approximately 270 kilometres south of Sydney and 150 kilometres east of Canberra.

Constructed in 1956, the bridge is over 280 metres long and features a lift span to allow water traffic upstream.

Due to the age and condition of the structure, elements of the bridge require ongoing and expensive maintenance.

This work is required to reduce the likelihood of lift span faults and to reduce traffic congestion and delays.

The bridge currently has heavy vehicle restrictions due to the narrow width of the road.

Project benefits

The Batemans Bay Bridge project would:

  • Improve freight access by allowing vehicles up to 26 metres in length across the Clyde River
  • Address structural issues requiring ongoing maintenance to reduce maintenance costs
  • Reduce economic and social impacts resulting from road closures and the load limit on the bridge
  • Manage the intersections and lift span to reduce traffic delays between Berrima Parade and Beach Road in peak periods.

Ongoing maintenance

The Batemans Bay Bridge requires regular maintenance due to the age and condition and complexity of the structure.

Roads and Maritime Services has a maintenance schedule designed to upgrade and rehabilitate key components of the bridge.

In recent months upgrade works have been undertaken on the bridge's opening system and the concrete repair of piers.

Some scheduled upgrades will require the closure of lanes to traffic which may cause issues with flow and congestion across the bridge.

These works will be carried out at night under traffic management to minimise disruption to local residents and road users.

Roads and Maritime will continue to notify the community and motorists of all upcoming scheduled work on the bridge as necessary.

Recent incidents on the bridge are currently being reviewed with engineers working to ensure safety and reliable bridge operations.

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