11 September 2019

Sister barge on its way to Batemans Bay to support new bridge project

| Ian Campbell
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Bay Bridge Project, August 2019. Photo: Robert Jacobs, South Coast Pix

Another piece in the jigsaw that is coming together to build the new Batemans Bay Bridge is on its way down the coast from Brisbane.

The arrival of a second barge on the Clyde River to assist with the $274 million project is expected within the next two weeks.

Known as a ‘sister’ to the barge currently anchored on the Nelligen side of the existing bridge, it left Brisbane River on Tuesday (August 6).

“The arrival of the barge will require an additional or extended opening of the lifting span of the Batemans Bay Bridge within the next two weeks,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson says.

“The lift will happen outside of peak traffic hours to minimise impacts to motorists, with the date and time subject to weather and tide conditions. The community will be advised of the exact date and more specific times the day before the bridge lift is required.

“The lift will cause delays along the Princes Highway, the Kings Highway and other local roads.”

The sister barge, named AMS1807, will support the current barge, AMS1803, in the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project. Both barges will be on the Clyde River for the duration of the project.

Bay Bridge Project, August 2019. Photo: Robert Jacobs, South Coast Pix

AMS1807 is similar in size to its partner – 21 metres wide and 55 metres long. It will be anchored upstream within an exclusion zone currently marked by yellow buoys.

“All vessel operators in the area should exercise caution, keep a proper lookout and comply with local buoyage and signage. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to follow the bridge signals when crossing the bridge,” the spokesperson says.

“River users are asked to reduce speed to four knots to minimise wash.”

The arrival of the first barge in early July generated much interest and had locals out early to watch the spectacle, many noting the symbolism of the old bridge having to lift to make way for the new.

There is currently a workforce of over 130 people on the project which is expected to grow to 200 as progress in made. Almost 45 percent of the workforce is made up of local employees.

Major works started earlier this year, working towards a deadline in early 2023, which includes the demolition of the existing bridge and completion of the foreshore areas.

Thanks to Robert Jacobs from South Coast Pix for his amazing images and sharing them so generously. To see more of Robert’s work head to the South Coast Pix Facebook page.

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