Nowra Bridge project - Princes Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is planning for a new Princes Highway bridge over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra. The project would also provide upgraded intersections at Bolong, Illaroo and Bridge roads and at Pleasant Way.

Artist's impression of the new bridge
Artist's impression of the new bridge

Display locations

Community pop-up sessions

Stakeholders and the community are invited to view the preferred option, meet the project team and find out more about the project by dropping into a number of community pop-up sessions at:

  • Stocklands Nowra
    60 East Street, Nowra
    Thursday 1 and Saturday 3 March 2018, 11am – 3pm
  • North Nowra Shops
    1–13 McMahons Road, North Nowra
    Thursday 8 and Saturday 10 March 2018, 11am – 3pm

  • Nowra School of Arts Annex
    Berry Street, Nowra
    Saturday 17 March 2018, 10am – 1pm

Display locations

The preferred option for Nowra Bridge project will be on display from Monday 19 February 2018 until Friday 23 March 2018 at the following locations:

  • Shoalhaven City Council
    36 Bridge Road, Nowra
    9.15am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday

  • Nowra Library
    10 Berry Street, Nowra
    9.30am – 7pm Monday to Friday,
    9.30am – 3pm Saturday

  • TAFE NSW Nowra
    60 Belinda Street, Bomaderry
    9am – 4pm Monday to Friday

Project background

This project is being developed to improve conditions on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River in Nowra.

The NSW State Government has invested $1.6 million in the project with the Australian Government committing $10 million for planning a new bridge on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra.

During early investigations, the project team identified some key issues with the current crossing of the Shoalhaven River at Nowra:

  • Increasing maintenance difficulties with the old Nowra Bridge
  • Increasing congestion issues in peak times from local traffic
  • Some large and heavy trucks cannot use the old Nowra Bridge
  • High risk of damage and closure of the old Nowra Bridge from an impact by an over height vehicle
  • Increased demand and future traffic growth.

Around 50,000 vehicles cross the Shoalhaven River on an average day. Any extensive closures of the iron truss bridge due to maintenance or emergency repairs would cause major delays to the network around Nowra. During early planning it became clear that the project should focus on a new bridge that could address these key issues.

Project status

Roads and Maritime Services is planning for a new Princes Highway bridge over the Shoalhaven Riverat Nowra. The project would also provide upgraded intersections at Bolong, Illaroo and Bridge roads and at Pleasant Way.

$1.6 million has already been invested by the NSW State Government with the Australian Government committing $10 million for planning a new bridge on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra.

In 2014 the then NSW Minister for Roads and Freight announced the preferred location for a new river crossing should be immediately upstream and to the west of the existing concrete bridge. Since then we have been investigating options to determine the appropriate number of lanes required for the new bridge, suitable and compatible intersection layouts, and the future of the old southbound bridge.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime will review and address each submission received during the display period in a Submissions Report. The Submissions Report will help to further develop the project and assist in the detailed design which will be published in the Review of Environmental Factors later in 2018.

Upcoming planning activities include:

  • Reviewing community feedback
  • Advance the concept design
  • Preparing the environmental assessment for the proposal.

 The timing of construction is not confirmed and is dependent on planning approval and funding availability.

Share this page: