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.

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

Latest news

JUN 2020

JUN 2020Major work started and the project site office opened

Major work on the Nowra Bridge project officially started with a turning of the first sod on 19 June 2020. The first sod was turned by Australian and NSW Government representatives on the southern foreshore of Nowra where the new bridge will be constructed and pushed out into its final position. Major work is now underway and an exclusion zone has been established within the Shoalhaven River to enable work to occur within the waterway. A temporary working platform is also being built from the southern foreshore. Work on the bridge foundation is expected to start in September once the working platform is complete.

The project site office located on the corner of Moss Street and the Princes Highway has also officially opened. A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony was also carried out on Friday 19 June to mark the project team moving into the office. The ceremony was performed by Djiriba Waagura, who welcomed the project onto the traditional lands of the Wodi Wodi and Wandi Wandian people, on which the project will be built. The smoking ceremony cleansed the site office and the body and spirit of the project team and will help ward off bad spirits and bring in the blessings of the good spirits.

To view images of the sod turn and smoking ceremony, visit the photo gallery.

JUN 2020

JUN 2020Project update

View the June project update (PDF, 511Kb) to learn more about where the project is up to, upcoming work and work hours.

Early work has been continuing and major work is expected to start soon with activities to prepare for bridge construction. The detailed design and urban design and landscape plan will also be on display for comment soon and we will provide more information about these in the next few weeks.

MAY 2020

MAY 2020Temporary footpath closure on the southern foreshore

The footpath approaching the Shoalhaven River Bridge from Scenic Drive will be temporarily closed from early June to mid 2022.The temporary closure is required for public safety as we complete the Nowra Bridge project. We will build a new temporary footpath along Scenic Drive connecting to Bridge Road and the Princes highway.

To maintain access to the southern foreshore and Wharf Road, temporary stairs will be installed between the bridge work area and the existing northbound bridge. Cyclists and people who are mobility impaired will be able to cross the Princes Highway at Bridge Road and use the existing pathway north of Pleasant Way.To view the map showing the alternative routes, view the footpath closure notification (PDF, 639Kb).

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).

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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