Tenders issued for new bridge

4 December 2012

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today announced that Roads and Maritime Services has issued an e-tender for the study of the replacement of the southbound Shoalhaven River crossing this week.

Mrs Hancock the work under the contract will involve preliminary project management, including project familiarisation, risk assessment, value management and site option assessment and community participation.

In June 2012 the NSW Government announced $1 million in funding for a study to find the best possible location for a replacement of the southbound Shoalhaven River Bridge.

"I have been advised by Roads and Maritime Services that on Monday December 3, they issued an e-tender to complete the study of the replacement of the southbound crossing of the Shoalhaven River," Mrs Hancock said.

"The project will take up to three years to complete due to the complexity of the works required, such as integrating the current development on the Shoalhaven River front," she said.

"The works will include the development of a concept plan and details of the new crossing and there will be extensive community consultation throughout the study period.

"Feedback from local businesses and Shoalhaven City Council will also be essential in delivering the best possible plan for any new crossing of the Shoalhaven River.

"Pedestrians and motorists may have already seen surveyors on site as part of the tender process and undertaking essential maintenance on the Shoalhaven River bridge.

"The NSW Government understands the importance of this project and is getting on with the job of finding the most suitable location for a new river crossing, and involving the community throughout the planning process," Mrs Hancock said.

Tenders will close on December 19, 2012 at 2.30 pm and more information can be found at www.tenders.nsw.gov.au.

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