Nelligen Bridge replacement

Roads and Maritime Services is planning for a new bridge over the Clyde River at Nelligen.

The new bridge would be built upstream of the existing bridge to provide safer and more reliable journeys on the Kings Highway at Nelligen.

The NSW Government has provided $9 million in this year’s budget for the start of construction.

Nelligen Bridge with bush in the background and boats in the foreground on still waters

Updates and announcements

Call for construction tenders

Contractors were invited to submit tenders in October 2018 to build the replacement bridge over the Clyde River at Nelligen. More information on the tender process is available on the tenders website.

Early work starts on the replacement of Nelligen Bridge

Eurobodalla Shire Council will carry out the early work for the Nelligen Bridge Replacement project, starting in late August 2018.

Early work will include clearing of vegetation, delivery of earth fill, and start of earthworks on the eastern side of the Clyde River. This early work is an efficiency to prepare the ground for major work and aim to get vehicles on the new bridge quicker.

Early work will also include the permanent relocation of the bus stop from the corner of Braidwood Road and Kings Highway to the intersection of Runnyford Road and Cowper Street to allow for safer access for bus stop users. This new location will improve pedestrian access and safety for bus users and was determined in close consultation with the community.

A letter to residents (PDF, 287Kb) includes a diagram showing where early works and the new bus stop are planned.

The early work will take about five months to complete and be carried out from Monday 27 August between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting.

Changed traffic conditions on the Kings Highway between Old Nelligen Road and Reid Street, including a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h, will be in place to allow for the early work to be carried out as safely and efficiently as possible.

The new bridge is expected to be opened in 2021, weather permitting, with demolition of the existing bridge commencing shortly after. The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.

Project background

The existing Nelligen Bridge was built in 1964 and forms part of the Kings Highway crossing of the Clyde River at Nelligen. During routine bridge inspections we identified some of the supporting concrete pillars under the bridge had deteriorated. The bridge has been assessed and is still able to safely carry normal traffic loads, however the pillars will weaken over time and the bridge will require significant future maintenance or replacement.

The aim of the project is to maintain a safe and reliable crossing of the Clyde River at Nelligen without imposing speed or weight restrictions.

Project benefits

Improved safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by providing an improved curve on the eastern side of the bridge, wider lanes and shoulders, and safety barriers between the road and footpath.

A new bridge that will have a 100 year bridge life and will provide a safe and reliable crossing of the Clyde River at Nelligen, and improved urban design around its foreshore.


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