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Final design for Batemans Bay bridge one step closer

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Concept plans for the new Batemans Bay bridge have benefited from community input and ideas.

The design of the new Batemans Bay bridge has reached a milestone. 

Roads and Maritime Services has released a submissions outlining community feedback regarding the concept design for the new bridge. 

Member for Bega and Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Andrew Constance says the report "responds to all feedback on the concept design and environmental assessment displayed in November last year."

He says as a result a number of improvements will be made to the design of the replacement bridge. A detailed design will be released later this year, construction is expected to begin early next year.  

“As a result of feedback, the Kings and Princes highways intersection will be modified to improve traffic flow and feature additional slip lanes and traffic lights when long queues are detected," Mr Constance said. 

“There will be a floating pontoon on the southern foreshore to provide better boat access.

“Pedestrian access across the river will also be improved with stairs on either side of the new bridge and Old Punt Road will be widened.

“Other changes include improvements to the North Street and Princes Highway intersection to allow trucks travelling south on the highway to turn into North Street without crossing onto the other side of the road.”

He said the new bridge will improve freight access by allowing larger trucks and B-doubles up to 26 metres in length to cross the Clyde River and reduce traffic delays at key Batemans Bay pinch points and also reduce economic and social impacts by removing the lift span issues and load limit on the existing bridge.

The submissions report is at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/batemansbaybridge