Transport for NSW advises road users and boaters that the Batemans Bay Bridge will again not be opening to vessels, effective immediately, as bushfires continue to impact the road network in the area.
NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said boats which need the bridge to be opened will not be able to pass beneath as continuous road access along the Princes Highway and on to the bridge is required for the movement of supplies and emergency vehicles responding to nearby bushfires.
“The bridge remains accessible for all road traffic during this period to ensure residents are able to access the Mackay Park evacuation centre in Batemans Bay and emergency services are able to access communities in an unobstructed manner,” Mr Hutchings said.
“There is a lot of smoke in the area and visibility on the water is very poor. We urge boaters to stay off the water unless absolutely necessary.”
Transport for NSW Executive Director Southern Sam Knight said the decision to cease the opening of the bridge was made in conjunction with emergency services, maritime and stakeholders as the risk from fire reduces.
“While we appreciate the inconvenience to boaters, the number one priority remains safety and we are working very closely with the Rural Fire Service and NSW Police in assisting their current efforts,” Ms Knight said.
“Motorists are reminded access to Batemans Bay via the Kings Highway remains closed and due to high temperatures and strong winds it will be some time before Transport for NSW crews are able to assess the damage to the Kings Highway.”
Motorists should continue to exercise caution, and follow the directions of emergency services and traffic crews.
Transport for NSW has reaffirmed road freight access remains open from the south to Batemans Bay, ensuring essential supplies can reach the area, despite the ongoing bushfires.
Boaters should visit Batemans Bay Bridge opening times webpage for further information https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/bridge-opening-times.html.
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