Wallaga Lake Bridge closures begin

April 29, 2024 7:16 am in by

The first stage of the Wallaga Lake Bridge closures, has started today (Monday April 29).

The bridge will be shut for four weeks, weather permitting, while critical structural repairs are made.

A free temporary seven-day a week bus service to help locals get around will run from 7am to 6pm. The services will travel to and from Narooma, Central Tilba, Akolele, Cobargo, Bermagui and Wallaga Lake Heights. They will include fixed bus stops, ‘hail and ride’ when safe, and support services for passengers in wheelchairs.

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Transport for NSW Acting Regional Director South, Cassandra Ffrench, said a full closure of the bridge to all traffic during the day and night is required while work is carried out to replace structural elements of the bridge.

“Without this work, there’s a risk further issues may arise that would require closure or load limits on the bridge at very short notice,” Ms Ffrench said.

“To lessen the impact to the community, the required bridge closure time has been divided into two parts which will allow the vital link to temporarily reopen to all traffic under stop/slow traffic control during the break between the two closure periods.”

Bus stop locations and the timetable are now available on the project website and at

Limited space for ‘park and ride’ will be available on the southern side of the bridge for those using the free bus service or carrying out recreational activities off Payne’s Island.

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The foreshore area of Payne’s Island will still be accessible during the closure, and the community is urged to follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Transport is working with school bus operators to ensure students are able to get to and from school during the closures, with changes communicated with families directly through the schools.

Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained during the closure, however there won’t be access for bicycles, prams or wheelchairs.

Motorists will be detoured via Cobargo-Bermagui Road and the Princes Highway, with electronic signage in place as a guide, and drivers are advised to allow for an extra 15 to 40 minutes of travel time, depending on their journey.

It is important to note that the timeline of work is weather dependent, and Transport will keep the community informed of any changes.

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The latest information, including the community and school bus timetables, is available on the project website HERE.

Residents with questions or concerns about the revised bus timetables are encouraged to email [email protected].

The bridge will reopen under traffic control around the end of May.

Images: ARNTransport for NSW