Work on the replacement Batemans Bay Bridge is progressing well with community feedback on the display of the concept design and environmental assessment now being assessed to inform the final project design.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said high levels community interest and participation during the project display period late last year and strong interest in the concept design animation highlights just how important the new bridge is to the community.
“This community really cares about the replacement bridge. Almost 250 people attended four information sessions and more than 70 submissions were received,” the spokesperson said.
“The concept design video was also viewed by more than 80,000 people on Roads and Maritime Services website, Facebook page and in local media.”
“Common topics raised in the information sessions and in the submissions include plans for the existing bridge, employment opportunities throughout construction, improvements to the foreshore areas, the intersection of the Kings and Princes highways, access for pedestrians to local roads and the town centre as well as construction noise and traffic impacts.
“Roads and Maritime thanks the community for providing their feedback and submissions. All feedback will now be carefully considered and used to prepare a submissions report which will inform the final bridge design.”
The report will be available to the community in the first half of 2018.
Roads and Maritime will continue to work closely with the contractors shortlisted to tender on completing the detailed design and build of the replacement bridge. Shortlisted contractors include John Holland Group, CPB Contractors and Seymour Whyte Constructions.
The design and construct contract for the bridge is expected to be awarded mid this year with major work to start early next year. The new bridge is planned to be opened to traffic in 2021.
The replacement Batemans Bay Bridge is funded by an investment of more than $300 million by the NSW Government, which also includes replacing the Nelligen Bridge on the Clyde River.
More information on is available on the Roads and Maritime website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/batemansbaybridge.