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 ensuring a safe and reliable Kings Highway crossing of the Clyde River at Nelligen.

Construction of the new bridge is anticipated to start in 2019 with the project expected to open to traffic in late 2020. Once the new bridge is open to traffic the old bridge will be removed.

The NSW Government announced more than $300 million for the Nelligen Bridge and Batemans Bay Bridge replacement projects.

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

Updates and announcements

May 2018

Investigation and survey work will be carried out at various locations on the Kings Highway between Bridge View and Reid streets, as part of planning for a replacement crossing of the Clyde River.

Work will take place on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 May between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting.

Changed traffic conditions including a reduced speed limit of 60 km/h and road shoulder closures will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

Motorists should keep to the reduced speed limit, plan their journey and allow extra travel time as minor traffic impacts are anticipated.

Investigation work will also be carried out to identify if there is a microbat habitat on the existing bridge.

During the review of environmental factors it was identified the existing bridge may be used temporarily by microbats at different times of the year.

Work will take place on the bridge by foot on Wednesday 2 May and underneath the bridge by canoe on Thursday 3 May during the day. There will be no impact to road traffic or marine vehicles during this time.

Work on the new bridge is expected to start in 2019 and it is expected to be open to traffic in late 2020.

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 primary objective of the project is to ensure we retain a safe and reliable crossing of the Clyde River at Nelligen without imposing speed or weight restrictions.

To do this the project investigated four options for repair or replacement of the bridge against a range of functional, environmental and socio-economic criteria, and consulted with Eurobodalla Shire Council and local residents.

The option to provide a new bridge to the north (or upstream) of the existing crossing was considered to be the best option because it would minimise impacts on residents and heritage. The preferred option report is available for information.

Environmental impact assessment documents

The environmental impact assessment documents were displayed for community and stakeholder feedback from Friday 14 October until Friday 18 November. Documents on display included the Review of Environmental Factors and the Environmental Impact Statement which contained specialist studies and investigations about biodiversity, heritage, visual impact, noise and vibration and water quality and hydrology. Feedback has been addressed in the Submissions Report.

Review of Environmental Factors

The Review of Environmental Factors assessed the potential environmental impacts of the proposal and identifies ways to manage and mitigate these impacts.

Environmental Impact Statement

The Environmental Impact Statement assessed the potential environmental impacts of the proposal specifically on the SEPP 14 wetlands located within the project site. This area is shown on the concept design map.

Submissions Report

The Submissions Report has been completed and summarises stakeholder issues raised during the display period and addresses each issue.

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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