23 July 2021

All lanes of new Batemans Bay bridge unlikely to be open for some time

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The old and new Batemans Bay bridges

The old and the new: Batemans Bay’s old and new bridges side by side in January 2021. Photo: Alex Rea.

While traffic is already flowing across the new Batemans Bay bridge, it will be some time before all four lanes are open to motorists.

Transport for NSW has released details of the works planned for the next three months, and said it will include laying the foundations for opening up to four lanes of traffic towards the end of the year.

Transport for NSW regional director Sam Knight said work to integrate the northern and southern bridge approaches would ultimately deliver improved traffic flow along two lanes in each direction across and beyond the Clyde River.

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“Work during the coming three months includes Clyde Street West roadwork, earth work and paving for the connection of Wharf Road and Old Punt Road, and the start of work on the new southern foreshore floating pontoon,” said Ms Knight.

“Pedestrian and cycle access between Batemans Bay CBD and the new bridge will also change during this time, while work on the permanent shared user pathway to Clyde Street east continues.

Semi-dismantled old Batemans Bay bridge

What’s left of the old Batemans Bay bridge in July 2021. Photo: Junita Powell.

“The pedestrian and cyclist routes to and from the new bridge will alternate between the new shared pathway access ramp directly into Clyde Street, and the North Street and Princes Highway intersection.

“Signs and line marking will be in place to guide pedestrians and cyclists on whichever route is open, and customers are asked to follow signage and traffic control.”

Ms Knight said disassembly of the old bridge is progressing well, with most spans removed and processed at the temporary demolition site on the northern foreshore.

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“This work will continue right through until the end of the year, but an exciting development will occur when artist Joel Adler starts fabrication of the southern foreshore sculpture using pieces of the old bridge,” she said.

“The community is reminded that a marine exclusion zone is in place and all non-project related vessels must not enter the zone.

“A navigation channel is marked for vessels through the zone and this is subject to change as work progresses so river users are advised to follow buoyage and instruction onsite.”

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