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

Call for community representatives to attend Value Management Workshop

Roads and Maritime Services is seeking two community representatives to participate in a Value Management Workshop to assess options for a new Batemans Bay Bridge.

APPLY NOW - Applications close Wednesday 31 May.

The workshop is an important part of the project’s development. It brings together project team members, technical specialists, key stakeholders and community members to agree to project objectives, identify broad community issues and assess technical information and a range of design options before making recommendations for a new bridge against agreed criteria.

This will contribute to the development of a preferred option and concept design.

Applications close 31 MAY 2017.

The Value Management Workshop is planned for June 2017.

An agenda and background paper will be mailed to selected participants around one week prior to the workshop.

Your application will be assessed by a panel of two independent representatives from the community and the Roads and Maritime Project Manager.

Applications from landowners, residents, businesses and other stakeholder groups directly impacted by the road corridor will not be considered as we are seeking broad community representation. These stakeholders are being consulted separately.

All community members will have the chance to have their say on the project when the preferred option is announced later this year

Design consultant announced

Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd have been announced as the consultant for the concept design and environmental assessment stage of the Batemans Bay Bridge project.

Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd will work towards identifying the preferred option for a new highway crossing. This is expected to be on display for community feedback later this year.

Aurecon will work with the project team, technical specialists and community stakeholders during the concept design and environmental assessment stage. Work will include road, bridge, structural, drainage and landscaping design and surveys, geotechnical, flooding and traffic investigations.

Geotechnical work is underway

Roads and Maritime is carrying out geotechnical work on the Clyde River to investigate options for the future of Batemans Bay Bridge. Geotechnical work is planned to finish in May.

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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