The Batemans Bay Bridge project is set to progress over the next three months, laying the foundations for the opening up to four lanes of traffic towards the end of the year.
Transport for NSW Regional Director, Sam Knight said work to integrate the northern and southern bridge approaches would ultimately deliver improved traffic flow along two lanes in each direction across and beyond the Clyde River.
“Work over the coming three months includes Clyde Street West road work, earth work and paving for the connection of Wharf Road and Old Punt Road, and the start of work on the new southern foreshore floating pontoon,” Ms Knight said.
“Pedestrian and cycle access between the Batemans Bay CBD and the new bridge will also change during this time, while work on the permanent shared user pathway to Clyde Street east continues.
“The pedestrian and cyclist routes to and from the new bridge will alternate between the new shared pathway access ramp directly into Clyde Street and the North Street and Princes Highway intersection.
“Signs and line marking will be in place to guide pedestrians and cyclists on whichever route is open, and customers are asked to follow signage and traffic control.”
Ms Knight said disassembly of the old bridge is progressing well, with most spans removed and processed at the temporary demolition site on the northern foreshore.
“This work will continue right through until the end of the year but an exciting development will occur when artist Joel Adler starts fabrication of the southern foreshore sculpture using pieces of the old bridge,” Ms Knight said.
“The community is reminded that a marine exclusion zone is in place and all non-project related vessels must not enter the zone.
“A navigation channel is marked for vessels through the zone and this is subject to change as work progresses, so river users are advised to follow buoyage and instruction on site.”
For more information, go to nswroads.work/batemansbaybridge.
Image by South Coast Pix who are without doubt the most exceptional archivers of the history of the old and new bridge we could ever wish to have. They do it for love and share their stunning images with their community. As to why Transport NSW didn't give them the contract to capture the evolution of the new bridge? One can only wonder. Thanks for all you do Rob and Kate.