New Batemans Bay Bridge detailed design launched
VIDEO: New Batemans Bay Bridge detailed design Member for Bega, Andrew Constance MP along with officers from Roads and Maritime Services officially launch the detailed design for the new Batemans Bay Bridge today on the banks of the Clyde River. Mr Constance today said the NSW Government has provided $274 million for the project which will improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak periods, and reduce economic and social impacts by removing the current lift span bridge which will remove delays due to bridge openings. “The detailed design for the Batemans Bay Bridge has been finalised and improvements have been made following community feedback,” Mr Constance said. “These improvements include additional lanes to the intersection of the Kings and Princes highways to improve traffic flow in peak periods, ensuring minimal impacts to the community and foreshore areas with a new work method and fewer piers in the water for better river flow, safer navigation and improved visual appeal.“ "The foreshore space will also be developed to further improve access to the river.”
The Batemans Bay Foreshore Committee members, assembled at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, heard the details of the public launch soon after . This foreshore advisory committee brings together representatives from council, the local business community, Aboriginal communities, fishing and boating groups and community members and meets regularly to provide advice on the foreshore area shade brown in the above graphic. The design of the foreshore will be available to the community in early 2019. Meanwhile the bridge project team will be holding two drop-in to answer any questions you have about the detailed design and discuss upcoming work.
Thursday 13 December at Korners Park, North Batemans Bay between 3pm to 6pm
Monday 17 December at Clyde Street Park, near Innes Boatshed, Batemans Bay from 12pm to 6pm
The design of the bridge and approach roads is complete. Improvements have been made to the project following the communities feedback last year. There will be reduced piers in the water and wider spans for improved river flow, safety and design.
New left turn lanes have been added at the Kings and Princes highways intersection to improve traffic flow during peak travel periods and the foreshore space will also be developed to further improve access to the river.
A small barge is presently on the Clyde Rivver for underwater geotechnical investigations.. For the safety of workers and other vessels, the barge will be surrounded by navigation safety buoys and signage at all times.
Work has also started on building the temporary project office and community information centre on the site of the former bowling club in the northern section of Mackay Park.
Maintaining access to the river for boat users during construction
The project team require use of the Old Punt Road and Clyde Street boat ramps during stages of construction. To provide continuous river access for boat users, they will be building a new temporary boat ramp at Korners Park on the northern foreshore of Batemans Bay. To avoid disruptions during the peak holiday period, both the existing northern and southern boat ramps will remain open until late January 2019.
The temporary boat ramp at Korners Park will be removed after its use. Community feedback and studies during the Review of Environmental Factors found that Korners Park would to be reinstated because of its historical significance to the area.