Dear Editor, Beagle readers might be interested in the letter I have sent to the Minister for Raods in regards to the Batemans Bay Bridge The Hon. Melinda Pavey . MP
Minister for Roads
Recently you visited the Eurobodalla Shire Area with the Local Member and the Southern Area RMS regional manager Renae Elrington. Your visit to the Eurobodalla Shire was publicised with comments about the Batemans Bay and other works that have taken place on the existing Princes Highway Corridor in the Eurobodalla Shire.
As you would be aware the NSW State Government though Roads and Maritime has indicated it supports upgrading the Princes Highway in the present corridor over the next 20 years in the Eurobodalla Shire and build a new bridge over the Clyde River at Batemans Bay by 2019 or about then. The present bridge at Batemans Bay works well when it left on the down position carrying large loads by road transport and has been “B” double tested some years ago using the Coca Cola “B” double which travelled right through the shire.
The immediate Batemans Bridge traffic problems are generally caused when the Bridge is raised for the Private Ferry to pass underneath. Those problems could be attended to by using a lower profile ferry or moor the existing ferry on the western side of the existing bridge. A new ferry Wharf would be a lot less costly for taxpayers than providing a new bridge.
In my opinion some effort is required thinking about and developing a new longer term Princes Highway Corridor Strategy for the Eurobodalla Shire that by-passes all the towns and villages in the shire providing for a four lane princes highway to cater for future economic development and growth. As the Minister for Roads in NSW is that the vision you’ll support?
Yours Sincerely Allan Brown