Nowra Bridge project – Princes Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing investigations to improve conditions on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River in Nowra.

Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River
Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River, Nowra

Updates and announcements

Planning for the project is continuing with specialists to carry out a number of environmental studies and design investigations within the project study area over the next two months. These investigations are a critical part of project development and will help us progress the design of the proposal and will form part of the environmental assessment process. Investigations are due to start from Monday 7 November.

Project status

Planning is underway for a new bridge that will improve conditions on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra. As well as a new bridge, the project will look at improving congestion at the intersections at Illaroo Road, Bolong Road and Bridge Road / Pleasant Way.

$1.6 million has already been invested by the NSW State Government with the Federal Government committing $10 million to complete planning.

In July 2014, the NSW Minister for Roads and Freight announced planning for the new bridge should focus on a location as close as possible to the west (upstream) of the existing concrete bridge. For more information please see the preferred location of the new Nowra bridge page.

Next steps

Now that a location has been finalised, Roads and Maritime will start work on concept designs for the bridge, and start investigations into the intersections at Bolong, Illaroo and Bridge roads.

Development for the project will progress based on the recommendation not to use the old Nowra bridge as part of the functional road network.

Preferred options for intersection improvements are expected to be displayed in the next few months.

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