Faster and easier travel in and around Batemans Bay is a step closer, with the preferred option today announced for the new Batemans Bay Bridge.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance today said there are issues with the existing structure, including an annual maintenance cost of up to $1 million as well as unreliable access across the Clyde River.
“The bridge has served the community well, but its capacity is limited and is causing social and economic impacts due to the lift span and restrictive load limit,” Mr Constance said.
“It’s no secret a new crossing is needed, which is why the NSW Government has provided $300 million towards new bridges across the Clyde River at Batemans Bay and Nelligen.
“The preferred option is to build a bridge with two lanes each way west of the existing crossing, which will be removed when the new structure opens to traffic.”
Mr Constance said after extensive community consultation, the option was chosen as it will have the least impact to motorists during the build and deliver the best outcomes for the community.
“I encourage all members of the community to find out more about the preferred option and give feedback because this bridge will change Batemans Bay for the better.
“It will improve traffic flow at the Kings and Princes Highway intersection and enable vehicles up to 26 metres in length to travel across the Clyde River.
“The next stage of the project will be to further refine the bridge design and develop the environmental assessment and the community will be kept informed.”
Community members can have a say by visiting rms.nsw.gov.au/batemansbaybridge before Friday 1 September. Media Release