Work is starting on a brand new connection for motorists travelling between Canberra and the coast with the first sod turned today on the new Nelligen Bridge.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the $148 million project was being delivered by the NSW Government as part of its commitment to safer journeys into and along the South Coast.
“We know how important the highway connection is between Canberra and the coast for the local community, visitors to the region and transport operators – and this new bridge marks a major investment in safer journeys for the thousands of people who use it every day,” Mr Constance said.
“The new bridge will increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by providing an improved curve on the eastern side of the bridge, with wider lanes and shoulders plus a safety barrier between the road and footpath.
“The project will also improve access around the river’s foreshore with a two metre-wide path linking Thule Road and Reid Street, along with a new community space to be built on the western side of the existing bridge.”
Mr Constance said the 349 metre-long bridge will be built with a 100-year design life that includes the option of adding another lane in each direction if required, ensuring it serves the community well into the future.
“The bridge project is also supporting jobs at a time we need them the most, with the project employing around 90 people including local suppliers and subcontractors.”
Work starting includes installing concrete injected columns on the eastern approach to the new bridge, which will improve the ground to better support the new section of highway.
A temporary jetty and rock platform will also be built to enable work to be carried out in the river.
The new bridge is expected to open to traffic by late 2023 and the project – including removal of the old bridge – is expected to be finished by late 2024, weather permitting.
The latest project update is available at nswroads.work/NelligenBridge.
Above: This morning saw the official sod turning for the new Nelligen Bridge led by a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country.