10 October 2022

Nelligen Bridge on Kings Highway to open a year ahead of schedule

| Katrina Condie
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Nelligen Bridge

The old and new Nelligen Bridges side-by-side. Photos: Transport for NSW.

Despite high rainfall over the past 12 months, the new $148 million Nelligen Bridge over the Clyde River on the Kings Highway west of Batemans Bay is on track to open in early 2023, a year ahead of schedule.

“The Kings Highway is one of the busiest roads in the region, which is why since 2011, the Liberals and Nationals Government has invested more than $200 million into building the infrastructure that matters, making this highway safer for families travelling to and from the south coast,” Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said.

“We’re securing a brighter future for the more than 5000 locals, tourists and freight operators travelling this route daily through our Kings Highway upgrade program by ensuring a faster and more reliable trip.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast Shelley Hancock said the new structure would increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by providing an improved curve on the eastern side of the bridge, wider lanes and shoulders, and safety barriers between the road and footpath.

“There has been significant progress, and I’m pleased to see the bridge nearing completion,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The final deck pour on the concrete bridge deck was completed in July to create a solid base for the asphalt layer, which will start going down in November, weather permitting.

“Barriers and railings are now being installed for the safety of transport customers crossing the bridge with the focus to soon shift to earthworks to connect the new bridge with the existing Kings Highway.”

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The remaining bridge railings will be completed in the coming month. Work is being carried out to widen about 1.4 kilometres of the existing Kings Highway, including upgrading and installing new road pavements and drainage.

The new bridge is expected to open early in 2023 with project completion, including upgrades to intersections to the Kings Highway and demolition of the existing bridge, estimated to be complete by late 2023, weather permitting.

The community will be notified of traffic changes in place in the lead-up to and following the opening of the bridge.

More information on the Nelligen Bridge Replacement project is available at nswroads.work/NelligenBridge.

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Duncan Alexander4:50 pm 10 Oct 22

Meanwhile Brown Mountain 2 hours south has three sections of traffic control traffic lights.

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