Charleyong bridge under construction

Charleyong Bridge

Transport for NSW is building a new Charleyong Bridge over the Mongarlowe River, Charleyong. The bridge is located on Main Road 92 connecting Braidwood and Nowra via Nerriga. The project is jointly funded, with the NSW Government allocating $18 million and the Australian Government allocating $5 million for the project. Funding for the project forms part of the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush Program.

Latest news

MAR 2020

MAR 2020New Charleyong Bridge open

The new Charleyong Bridge was officially opened on Monday 9 March. Thanks to the Charleyong Rural Fire Service and local residents who attended the community event and barbeque.

Extra construction resources were allocated to get the new bridge open as soon as possible after it was determined the existing timber truss bridge was extensively damaged.

Work will continue to complete construction of the new bridge and road approaches for several months following opening the bridge to traffic, with 40 km/h reduced speed limit, lane closures and intermittent delays in place.

The existing timber bridge structure is unsafe for vehicle or pedestrian access and it will remain closed.

Detailed inspections of the bridge and specialist advice revealed that temporary repairs of the bridge would take up to eight weeks, by which time the new bridge would already be open.

In the coming months the project team will consult key stakeholders to further develop the heritage interpretation strategy.

Demolition of the existing timber bridge is expected to start in mid-2020. We will update the community in advance of this work.

Transport for NSW thanks the community for their patience and apologises for any inconvenience while work is carried out.

Project information

  • increased safety due to wider traffic lanes and improved road approaches
  • ability for Higher Mass Limit vehicles to use the bridge
  • reduction in expensive and ongoing maintenance costs
  • timber from the existing bridge will be treated and recycled for use by industry.
  • construction of a new bridge upstream of current bridge location on improved alignment
  • construction of about one kilometre of sealed approach roads
  • removal of tight unsealed curves
  • approach to tie in with Nerriga Road immediately west of Tomboye Road intersection
  • removal of the existing bridge.

A number of improvements were made to the design after the Review of Environmental Factors was displayed in July 2016. These changes include the addition of two u-turn bays and new pavement for a longer design life.

Please view or download the revised detailed design.

Transport for NSW will continue to work closely with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, affected properties, agencies and other key stakeholders throughout the project.

The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by mid-2020, weather permitting.

The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.

Project documents

Community updates

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September 2019 community update

Charleyong Bridge replacement

January 2019 community update

Charleyong Bridge replacement


Project update

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July 2018 project update

Charleyong Bridge replacement



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November 2016 submissions report

Charleyong Bridge

July 2016 review of environmental factors report

Charleyong Bridge Replacement


Media releases

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November 2018

New Charleyong bridge a step closer

October 2019

Protecting the endangered Macquarie Perch



Contact us

For further information, please contact Transport for NSW Project Manager.

Phone: 1800 812 708


Post: PO Box 477 Wollongong NSW 2520

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