The Batemans Bay Bridge replacement is moving forward, with finishing work starting soon at the northern approach to the new bridge.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said this new stage of work, which is expected to be completed by mid-2021, represented an important milestone for the construction of the bridge.
“Once completed, the new bridge will provide safer journeys and improved connections for local communities,” the spokesperson said.
“The project is supporting an average monthly workforce of around 150 workers – about half of who are local to the area.”
The spokesperson said the project had also finished producing the concrete bridge segments required for the new bridge, with more than 124 already installed.
Finishing work includes the installation of traffic barriers and railings as well as concreting of the bridge approaches and expansion joints.
Work is being carried out during extended work hours on weekdays between 6am and 10pm and continue to mid-2021, weather permitting.
To take advantage of more favourable weather and tidal conditions in the evenings and early mornings, and to minimise daytime disruption to Clyde Street West road users, work hours for bridge segment erection will be extended to 24 hours per day on weekdays and Saturday mornings until mid-December 2020, weather permitting.
Current extended work hours on the project are between 7am and 6pm every day, including public holidays.
Transport for NSW is committed to minimising disruptions during this work and will plan work within extended standard work hours where possible.
For the safety of workers and river users, the land-based concrete pouring activities will take place within the project boundary while river-based pours and other marine construction will occur within the marine exclusion zone that is bordered by safety buoys and signs at all times.
The project remains on-track for completion by 2023.
For more information, visit the project website at rms.nsw.gov.au/batemansbaybridge
Above: one span at a time. Image by South Coast Pix