The Nelligen Bridge Replacement project will provide a new two lane bridge on the Kings Highway over the Clyde River at Nelligen. The $148 million project is funded by the NSW Government. Major work started in early 2021 and the new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by late 2023, weather permitting. Project completion, including removal of the old bridge is expected to be late 2024.
FEB 2021Site establishment work to start in February
Work will start from late February in preparation for major construction work to take place for the new bridge.More information
Main work activities will involve establishing site office compounds and storage areas, installation of temporary traffic control and safety barriers, installing boundary flagging and temporary fencing, survey and geotechnical work, cutting and filling soft soil areas and stabilising ground conditions and setting up water quality basins, dust measuring monitors and sediment control fencing.
Work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday, weather permitting.
For more information about this work please view the resident notification
DEC 2020Major construction set to start in early 2021
Transport for NSW is moving ahead with preparations for a new bridge over the Clyde River at Nelligen with the announcement of Seymour Whyte Constructions as the successful tenderer for the project.More information
Site establishment and major construction is planned to start early next year.
The new bridge will be built upstream of the existing bridge to provide safer and more reliable journeys on the Kings Highway for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
It will deliver wider lanes and shoulders, an improved curve on the eastern side of the bridge, and safety barriers between the road and footpath.
Early work including vegetation removal and delivery of earth fill on the eastern side of the Clyde River in preparation for the project was completed last year, along with site investigations and utility relocations.
The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by late-2023.
APR 2020Utility relocation work to continue at Thule Road
Utility relocation work will move to the Thule Road area from 14 April as part of the Nelligen Bridge replacement project. We expect to complete the work in three weeks, weather permitting.More information
Thule Road will need to be closed either east or west of Bridgeview Road (depending on work location) during daytime work hours (7am till 6pm) but will be re-opened at night. The closure will involve a detour and residents will always have access from one end of Thule Road via the detour. We have included a map to show the location of the work.
Traffic control will be in place during work hours to direct motorists to the appropriate Thule Road entry.
View or download our April 2020 notification letter (PDF, 188Kb) for more information about upcoming utility relocation work.
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The NSW Government is investing $148 million for the construction of a replacement bridge on the Kings Highway over the Clyde River at Nelligen in New South Wales.
The Kings Highway plays an important role as the key east-west route for commuters and freight between the ACT / Queanbeyan region and the NSW far south coast. At a local level, the highway connects Nelligen and greater Eurobodalla region to employment, health and education resources in the ACT / Queanbeyan region.
The new bridge will provide safer and more reliable journeys on the Kings Highway for motorists, freight, pedestrians and cyclists.
Seymour Whyte Constructions has been awarded the construction contract for the project and work will start in early 2021.
The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by late 2023, weather permitting, and the project is expected to be completed by late 2024.
The new 349 metre long bridge would include the following:
- 3.7 metre wide traffic lanes in each direction
- 2.5 metre wide shoulders in each direction
- A two metre wide pedestrian path on the southern side of the bridge with connections to Thule Road on the eastern side of the river and the existing footpath on Braidwood Street on the western side of the river
- Upgrades to the Kings Highway approaches to the new bridge on both sides of the river
- A new intersection between the Kings Highway and Maisies Lane
- Upgraded intersections between on Kings Highway at Bridge View Road and Old Nelligen Road
- Relocation of the existing bus stop and installation of a new shelter
- The project will improve 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 will provide a safe and reliable crossing over the Clyde River and will be built with a 100 year bridge design life
- The project will provide better and more reliable trips for people, business and freight particularly for those travelling on the Kings Highway between Batemans Bay and Canberra
- The project will also improve urban design and access around the river’s foreshore with a new community space and viewing area to be built on the western abutment of the existing bridge
Frequently asked questions
The new bridge will improve access between ACT / Queanbeyan, Nelligen and the wider Eurobodalla region. It will improve safety for motorists and improve intersections between the Kings Highway and local roads within Nelligen.
The new bridge is being built to provide greater safety benefits to both motorists and pedestrians and to replace the existing bridge which is experiencing some damage to underwater members.
Over the coming weeks a number of activities will be carried out including establishing site office compounds and storage areas, installing temporary traffic control, safety barriers and boundary fencing.
Work in the river is expected to start in early April and will begin with building a jetty and rock platform. Piling work for the bridge foundation is expected to start in late April, weather permitting. Piling will be undertaken from Barges that will also contain large cranes used to move construction materials into position within the river.
The main feature of the Nelligen Bridge replacement project will see a new 349 metre long bridge built with 11 spans of 1.5 Super T-beams to the upstream of the existing Kings Highway Bridge over the Clyde River.
The height of the new bridge (at road level) would range between about 6.5 and 7.7 metres above the Clyde River.
The new bridge will be completed and open to traffic by late 2023, weather permitting.
Project completion, including removal of the old bridge is expected to be late 2024, weather permitting.
Late 2023, weather permitting
River access will be maintained throughout the entire construction and demolition process. At times there may be changes to the current channels and exclusions zones implemented for the safety of the boating community, however access through the site will always be maintained.
The Kings Highway will remain open throughout the entire construction process.
Generally, work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturdays. Nearby residents will be notified at least five days in advance of any activities scheduled outside of these working hours. Some reasons we may need to work outside our standard construction hours include safety, traffic, emergency work, unplanned events, utility service outages and rail possessions.
We may need to temporarily change traffic conditions along the Kings Highway and other roads to ensure the safety of workers and motorists. Changes may include reduced speed limits, concrete barriers and temporary fencing, traffic control, night work, and traffic switches.
We ask that motorists follow traffic signs and instructions from our traffic management crews.
Access to the town centre will be maintained at all times during construction.
Changed traffic conditions will be in place at various times during the project and will be widely communicated well in advance. For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.
February 2021 community update
February 2021 community update
April 2020 community update
Preparation for utility relocations on Thule Road
October 2019 community update
Preparation for utility relocations on Nelligen Bridge replacement
April 2019 community update
Nelligen Bridge replacement project
November 2018 community update
The final design will deliver safer and more reliable journeys
August 2018 letter to residents
We are preparing for major construction to replace Nelligen Bridge
October 2017 community update
Nelligen Bridge replacement project
October 2016 Community update
Concept design and environmental assessment
For further information, please contact the project team on:
Phone: 1800 334 541
Mail: Nelligen Bridge, PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2520