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

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.

AUG 2020

AUG 2020New 60km/h speed limit and night work on the Princes Highway

A new speed limit of 60km/h is now in place on the Princes Highway between south of Moss Street, Nowra and north of Beinda Street, Bomaderry. This speed limit will be in place until project completion. The reduced speed limit is in place to provide for the safety of our workers and motorists, due to changes in traffic conditions.

Work has started on and adjacent to the Princes Highway to remove concrete medians on the Princes Highway in the project area as well as continued vegetation removal and utility relocations. This work will allow us to begin widening the Princes Highway later this year.

The work will be carried at night from Sunday 16 August for up to three weeks, weather permitting. Our work hours will be Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 5am. For more information view the resident notifications.

AUG 2020

AUG 2020Thank you

Thank you to those who joined the project team on Facebook Live and asked questions during our online Q&A session on 6 August 2020. If you weren't able to join the conversation, a recording of the session is now available.

If you have any other questions or would like to provide feedback on the detailed design and urban design and landscape plan, please contact us or use the online feedback form. Feedback is open until 16 August 2020.

JUL 2020

JUL 2020Have your say

The detailed design (PDF, 3.13Mb) of the Nowra Bridge is now available and we welcome your feedback on this together with the urban design and landscape plan (PDF, 34.5Mb) by Sunday 16 August 2020.

We have listened to community feedback received and have made minor design changes to improve safety, amenity and access. Key changes include:

  • a new roundabout on Illaroo Road at the Fairway Drive intersection to provide safe access to and from the northern foreshore
  • improved design of the area at the southern end of the bridge at Scenic Drive to maximise open space
  • closure of the intersection of Scenic Drive and Bridge Road to improve pedestrian safety and connectivity
  • providing a left turn lane from the Princes Highway into Pleasant Way, following community feedback
  • providing signalised pedestrian activated crossings at Illaroo and Bridge Roads to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

To provide your comments, please use our online feedback form or email or call us on the details below.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold community information or drop in sessions at this time. However the community display centre at the main project site office located at 14 Moss Street Nowra is open (by appointment only) for the community to view project information or talk to the project team.

We will also hold an online Q&A session via Facebook Live to give the community an opportunity to ask the project team questions. The 30 minute session will be hosted online on Thursday 6 August from 12:30 to 1pm. Follow NSW Roads on Facebook for updates and event invites.

The latest project update (PDF, 5.15Mb) as well as the detailed design overview map (PDF, 3.13Mb) and designs of the northern (PDF, 5.66Mb) and southern (PDF, 5.51Mb) sides of the project are available to view in the project documents.

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).

Media releases

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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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