Artists impression of new Nowra Bridge

Nowra Bridge project - Princes Highway upgrade

The NSW and Australian Governments are funding a new four lane bridge over the Shoalhaven River, upgraded intersections and additional lanes on the Princes Highway.

The $342 million project will improve traffic flow and ease congestion on a major section of the Princes Highway and deliver safer and more reliable journeys within the Nowra-Bomaderry area.

Fulton Hogan Construction has been awarded the contract for the design and construction of the project, and early work started in February 2020.

Major work will start in the second half of 2020 and is expected to be complete by mid 2024.

Latest news

FEB 2020

FEB 2020Night work for utility and geotechnical investigations

To progress planning for major construction and detailed design, utility and geotechnical investigations are required on the Princes Highway and local roads adjoining the Nowra Bridge project boundary.

Where possible, these investigations will occur during standard working hours. However, to reduce the impacts to highway and local motorists some of this work will occur at night between 6pm and 6am Sunday to Friday. Work will be carried out for around 10 nights over a four week period from Sunday 23 February, weather permitting.

For more information, view the night work notification (PDF, 434Kb).

FEB 2020

FEB 2020Early work

Early work activities will start on the project from February.

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm Mondays to Fridays and 8am and 1pm Saturdays, weather permitting. There may be some work required at night or at other times, to reduce impacts on traffic flow. Nearby residents and the community will be notified in advance of this work.

For more information, view the early work notification (PDF, 351Kb).

AUG 2019

AUG 2019Have your say – Night work scheduling

During July and early August 2019, we asked the community for their views and expectations on night work scheduling. Thank you to everyone who participated in our online survey and those that attended one of the community drop in sessions.

The feedback received during this consultation period will ensure the project’s night work program can be scheduled in line with community expectations.

Although the consultation period is now closed, we still welcome community feedback at any time. We will keep the community informed as planning for the Nowra Bridge project progresses.

Project information

This project is being developed to improve conditions on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River in 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
  • Higher than state average annual crash rates on the Princes Highway leading up to the bridge.

Around 50,000 vehicles cross the Shoalhaven River on an average day. Any extensive closures of the 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 documents


Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 331 713 (toll free)


Mail: Nowra Bridge Project, PO Box 477 Wollongong NSW 2520.

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