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Batemans Bay Bridge community event postponed


Tomorrow’s community celebration to mark the completion of the Batemans Bay Bridge project has been postponed due to warnings of severe weather on the South Coast.

With the Bureau of Meteorology warning of the potential for heavy rain and flash flooding for the Illawarra and surrounds, Transport for NSW have made the decision to find a suitable alternative date to host the event with the community in the near future.

Transport for NSW Acting Director South Joanne Parrott said the decision was made in the interests of community safety.

“With the latest weather warnings for the region from the Bureau of Meteorology we feel this a responsible and the right call to ensure safety of the community,” Ms Parrott said.

“The community have been patient over the last five years while we have delivered a more connected, efficient, and safer Batemans Bay through this project.

“We still plan to celebrate the project completion milestone with locals and friends of the Batemans Bay community in the near future and we’ll have more to say on that soon.”

Transport for NSW will work with stakeholders, including Aboriginal Elders and the Eurobodalla Shire Council, to find a new event date. The new event is expected to be at a similar time as the original, which was scheduled from 10am to 2pm on a Saturday.

The $274 million Batemans Bay Bridge project has built better connections in and around Batemans Bay for motorists, freight, river users, pedestrians and cyclists.

Major work started in early 2019 and the new bridge opened to traffic in March 2021.

Removal of the existing bridge is now complete and improvements to northern and southern foreshores are ready to be handed back to the community.

Above: love this coffee table image from the upcoming South Coast Pix coffee table history of the new bridge project.

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