Dignams Creek - Princes Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Princes Highway at Dignams Creek, around 20kms south of Narooma.

The $45 million upgrade will improve road safety by widening the current highway for about 800 metres and building a new two kilometre section to current highway standards. It will also include new bridges over Dignams Creek and Dignams Creek Road.

The upgrade is expected to be completed by mid 2019, weather permitting.

View of the existing Princes Highway at Dignams Creek
View of the existing Princes Highway at Dignams Creek

Updates and announcements

It’s almost 12 months to the day the first shovels hit the ground for work on the upgrade of the Princes Highway at Dignams Creek. Work is progressing well on the upgrade with traffic from the Princes Highway moved to a temporary road on the northern end of the project. Both bridges are underway with the new Dignams Creek bridge 60% complete and work on the new bridge over Dignams Creek Road approximately 20% complete.

All 18 girders are in place on the new Dignams Creek Bridge and work on the bridge deck and railings are underway. Once complete the new bridge will be 91 metres long and 13 metres wide and will provide greater flood immunity.The new bridge will provide greater flood immunity and the wider lanes, and addition of shoulders, will improve road safety.

The shoulders of Dignams Creek Road will continue to be closed for a short distance in the work area where the new bridge is being built. The speed limit on this section of Dignams Creek Road will be reduced to 40 km/hr. The narrowing of the road will still allow vehicles to pass in both directions.

Motorists are still being diverted to a new temporary road on the northern end of the project. A reduced speed limit of 60km/h will be in place throughout the 800 metre temporary road and motorists are expected to use this route until mid 2018.

For the safety of road users and our workers, we ask that you continue to follow all speed restrictions, signage and traffic control as you pass through the worksite. As driving conditions have changed please drive with extra caution.

Photo gallery update

The 2017 photo gallery has now been updated with new construction images.

Work hours

Work will be carried out between 7am to 6pm, from Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. We will give advance notice of any further work required outside these hours, including night work.

Traffic changes

Retaining wall works have started for the construction of the Dignams Creek Road bridge. Due to this work, the section of the existing Dignams Creek Road has been narrowed for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.

The shoulders of Dignams Creek Road have been closed for a short distance in the works area where the new bridge is being built. The speed limit on this section of Dignams Creek Road is reduced to 40 km/hr. The narrowing of the road still allows vehicles to pass in both directions.

The temporary road at the northern end of the new highway section opened to motorists mid December and all traffic along the Princes Highway will be diverted to the temporary road until mid 2018. The temporary road connects back to the highway just before Dignams Creek Bridge and has been built to allow for building activities in this area.

The speed limit on the Princes Highway is reduced through the worksite at times. Stop/slow traffic control may be needed from time to time to keep the worksite safe. We will keep any delays to a minimum. A reduced speed limit of 60km/h is in place throughout the 800 metre long temporary road.

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