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: The detailed design was released in November 2018
Nelligen: The detailed design was released in November 2018

Updates and announcements

Detailed design

Roads and Maritime Services has finalised the detailed design for the replacement of the Nelligen Bridge on the Kings Highway over the Clyde River. Improvements to the design include minor changes to road alignment for reduced impact to environment and improved road safety and minor changes to bridge pylons for improved river flow and safety for boat users. More detail on the foreshore and urban design will be available in early 2019.

Finalising the contractor

We are assessing the tenders provided by companies interested in delivering the project and will be finalising the contract in early 2019. More information on the tender process is available on the tenders website.

Early work has started

Eurobodalla Shire Council are carrying out the early work for the Nelligen Bridge Replacement project. Work has included clearing of vegetation, delivery of earth fill, and 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 sooner.

The bus stop has recently been relocated from Braidwood Road and Kings Highway to the intersection of Runnyford Road and Cowper Street as part of the early work. This will  allow for safer access for bus stop users.

Changed traffic conditions on the Kings Highway between Old Nelligen Road and Reid Street, including a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h are in place during early work.

Early work will be complete in early 2019 with major work to start soon after. 

The new bridge is expected to be opened in 2021, weather permitting.

Uncovering a piece of local history

Remnants of an historic punt were unearthed at the Nelligen Bridge replacement work site. These pieces included large remnants of pulleys, cabling, metal fixings and timber, and show signs of being from the former Nelligen Punt which was operational from 1857 to 1964. Items will be handed over to the Batemans Bay Historical Society for exhibit.

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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