Work on the foundations for the new Batemans Bay Bridge will start next week with the installation of piles, or in-ground concrete columns, at four locations along the Clyde River.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government provided $274 million for the project to improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak periods, and improve access to the Clyde River by removing the current lift span bridge.
“This is a major milestone and a great opportunity for the community to watch the bridge’s foundations being installed,” the spokesperson said.
“The first stage of piling work will begin on Monday 6 May using a 400-tonne crane on the northern foreshore, and two 250-tonne cranes on the southern foreshore.
“Piling work in the Clyde River will then start in late June using the cranes as well as two large barges and project vessels.
“Robust controls and mitigations will be in place during river-based piling to protect the Clyde River.”
The spokesperson said the community is welcome to come along and watch the work being carried out.
“Work will be carried out are between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday,” the spokesperson said.
“Some out of hours work may be required, and the community will be kept informed of this.
“For the safety of workers and river users, the land-based piling activity will take place within the project area and water-based piling will take place within a marine exclusion zone bordered by safety buoys and signage at all times.”
Visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/BatemansBayBridge for a Frequently Asked Questions document on upcoming piling work.
AUDIO: Ian Archer of RMS speaks with Simon Lauder of ABC South East Radio May 1st, 2019
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