Artists impression of new Nowra Bridge

Nowra Bridge project - Princes Highway upgrade

The Nowra Bridge project will provide a new four lane bridge over the Shoalhaven River, upgraded intersections and additional lanes on the Princes Highway.

The $342 million project is jointly funded by the NSW and Australian Governments.

Major work started in mid 2020 and the project is expected to be complete by mid 2024.

Latest news

NOV 2020

NOV 2020Bridge piling starting soon

We will soon start work on the new bridge with land and river piling. This will create a strong foundation for the bridge and we will start on the southern bank of the river and then move along the temporary rock platform and into the river. Piling is expected to be complete by late 2021, weather permitting.

The majority of piles for the bridge will be driven and this activity is continuous, noisy and vibration will be felt in the surrounding area. We will make every effort to minimise impacts during the work.

Due to noise associated with piling, the footpath on the northbound bridge will be temporarily closed during work hours and path users will be detoured onto the southbound bridge.

For more information about piling methods, our program and noise impacts, please view the piling notification (PDF, 812Kb) or the piling factsheet (PDF, 1.1Mb).

NOV 2020

NOV 2020Project update and upcoming night work

View the latest project update (PDF, 3.07Mb) to find out where the project is up and what work is coming up over the next few months. We have also responded to all feedback received during the display of the detailed design and the project update includes a summary.

During November, we are continuing to carry out night work across the project. For more information on night work activities and a map of the work areas, view the latest resident notification (PDF, 433Kb).

OCT 2020

OCT 2020Temporary footpath closure on the southern foreshore

The footpath and stairs on the southern foreshore under the bridges will be temporarily closed from Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October, weather permitting. This closure is required for utility service relocation work.

Pedestrians will be detoured via the Bridge Road and Princes Highway signalised crossings and the detour route can be viewed on the below map. Footpath access on the northbound and southbound bridges will be maintained during this work.

OCT 2020

OCT 2020Bridge Road night work and pedestrian changes

There will be night work on Bridge Road this week on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October to build a temporary pedestrian refuge island on Bridge Road near Hyam Street. This work was not included in the latest resident notification (PDF, 435Kb) which includes all other night work across the project during October.

This work will allow us to close a section of footpath on the eastern side of Bridge Road from Friday 9 October, weather permitting.

Once the footpath is closed, pedestrians will be detoured to the western side of Bridge Road at the signalised crossing on the Princes Highway or via the new pedestrian refuge island near Hyam Street.

OCT 2020

OCT 2020October long weekend

With the upcoming long weekend, all works will cease, with the site being shutdown from 6pm Friday 2 October until 7am Tuesday 6 October. The project information line will be in operation during this time for emergencies.

After the long weekend, work will resume and will be carried out on the Princes Highway, Scenic Drive, and Bolong, Illaroo and Bridge roads. Night works will also recommence from Wednesday 7 October for up to four weeks, weather permitting. Our night work will occur Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 5am.

For more information, and to see a map of the work locations, view the latest resident notification (PDF, 435Kb).

SEP 2020

SEP 2020Southbound bridge closure for maintenance work

Transport for NSW will be carrying out routine maintenance work on the existing southbound bridge. Work will include bridge deck repairs and asphalting on the 1881 Whipple Truss Bridge over two nights. This work was rescheduled from earlier this month and will take place on Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October between 8pm and 5am, weather permitting.

This work is not part of the Nowra Bridge project and if you would like more information please contact us at

SEP 2020

SEP 2020Permanent closure of Scenic Drive & Bridge Road intersection

The intersection of Scenic Drive and Bridge Road will be permanently closed from Sunday 27 September, weather permitting.

The footpath on the eastern side of Bridge Road between the Princes Highway and Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre will be closed from Tuesday 6 October for up to 12 months, weather permitting.

These changes are required to allow work to safely progress on the Nowra Bridge project.

Access into Scenic Drive from Bridge Road will only be permitted for project construction vehicles and to access the Thai Riverside Restaurant. Motorists accessing the southern foreshore and the Nowra Aquatic Park can use surrounding local roads.

For more information about the closure and pedestrian access changes view the September 2020 resident notification (PDF, 313Kb).

SEP 2020

SEP 2020Traffic and pedestrian changes

The first major traffic changes will be coming into effect this month as well changed pedestrian access on the northern side of the bridge.

Traffic changes

Work to remove the medians on the Princes Highway from Bolong Road to Illaroo Road and between Bridge Road and Moss Street is now complete. These stretches of highway will be resurfaced and this will allow for traffic to be progressively shifted towards the eastern side of the highway. This will start with southbound traffic between Bolong Road and Illaroo from Sunday 6 September, with other areas and the northbound lanes being altered over the coming weeks, weather permitting.

The existing number of lanes on the highway will be maintained but there will be changes to line marking. This will allow a new work zone to be created on the western side of the highway.

For the safety of workers and road users, the left turn on red from Illaroo Road onto the highway will also no longer be permitted from Sunday 6 September. 

Pedestrian changes

The footpath on the western side of the Princes Highway between Illaroo Road and Mattes Way will be closed where the new work zone will be located. The closure will be for about 12 months with pedestrians detoured onto the eastern side of the highway. View the crossing locations and detour footpaths in the pedestrian access change notification. To find out more, view the traffic change animation or the resident notifications.

Media releases

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September 2020

Traffic changes for bridge project

July 2020

Nowra Bridge detailed design released

June 2020

First sod turned on new Nowra Bridge

March 2020

Early work under way for new Nowra Bridge

February 2020

Contract awarded for new Nowra Bridge



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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