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

Preliminary investigations that have been carried out include the identification of environmental constraints, survey work, traffic modelling and inspections of the existing bridge.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services has completed essential maintenance on the Batemans Bay Bridge lift span.

The works have been completed ahead of schedule with the bridge reopen to marine traffic from Friday 21 October.

Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience while this essential maintenance work was carried out.

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 used to allow commercial and recreational water traffic upstream.

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

This maintenance work is required to minimise a breakdown of the lift span equipment and minimise the potential for traffic congestion and delays.

Further to this, the bridge does not allow Higher Mass Limit vehicles to cross the Clyde River in this location given the narrow width of the carriageway.

Project benefits

The Batemans Bay Bridge project will:

  • Improve freight access by allowing Higher Mass Limit semi-trailers and B-double vehicles up to 26 metres in length across the Clyde River
  • Address structural elements requiring ongoing maintenance and reduce maintenance costs
  • Minimise economic and social impacts resulting from both short and long term road closures and the constraints of a load limit on the bridge
  • Manage the intersections and lift span operation to reduce traffic delays between Berrima Parade and Beach Road in peak periods.

Maintenance

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

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

In recent months upgrade works have been undertaken on the bridge 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 Services 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.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime Services has completed a Preliminary Environment Investigation of the area surrounding the bridge.

We are also currently undertaking inspections and preliminary survey work to get a more detailed assessment of the condition of the bridge and surrounding area.

The project team is currently working towards the completion of a report that will recommend 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.

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