Constance says Batemans Bay bridge reaches construction milestone


Above: An artists impression of the floating pontoon, foreshore and bridge. Image courtesy Andrew Constance. 

The Batemans Bay replacement bridge project has hit an important milestone with more than 50 per cent of the segments needed to build the new bridge now in place, according to the member for Bega and transport minister, Andrew Constance. 

Mr Constance said the bridge will be partially open to two lanes of traffic by mid-2021, weather permitting, with the deck of the new bridge to be nearing completion by the end of this year. He said the project remains on track for completion by early 2023. 

A new maritime pontoon will soon be being delivered as part of the foreshore improvements and Mr Constance said it will deliver "more boat berths than originally proposed and better access to the CBD."                                  

He said the pontoon will be located downstream of the existing T-wharf, on the CBD side of the river. 

“The community can expect to see most of the five piers connected to form the superstructure of the bridge in place by the end of the year, with the northern and middle sections of the new bridge to be completed first,” Mr Constance said.

“Planning is also being carried out for a new artwork on the southern foreshore to pay tribute to the existing bridge and a public mural on the northern abutment of the new bridge that will celebrate the region's heritage and cultural values.” 

Transport for NSW will also be temporarily opening the new Wharf Road off ramp from the Princes Highway to allow quicker access to Wharf Road and the holiday parks from Friday 9 October until mid-2021.