Traffic changes for bridge project
24 September 2020
Transport for NSW is making the community aware of upcoming traffic and pedestrian changes as part of the Nowra Bridge project.Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said access to Scenic Drive from Bridge Road will be permanently closed from Sunday 27 September, with the footpath on the eastern side of Bridge Road between the Princes Highway and Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre to be closed from Tuesday 6 October for up to 12 months.
“We recognise there is some community concern about these changes but they are required to allow work to safely progress on the Nowra Bridge project,” Mrs Hancock said.
“Construction on the Nowra Bridge project will be carried out in a way that minimises delay and disruption to local and through traffic, and the community will be notified in advance of any temporary local road changes and detours.”
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said to reduce impacts to local roads and maintain safety, construction vehicles will continue to use Scenic Drive to access the work site from Bridge Road under the direction of traffic control.
“Patrons and staff of the Thai Riverside Restaurant on the corner of Bridge Road will also be able to enter Scenic Drive from Bridge Road to access the restaurant,” Mr Ward said.
“Motorists accessing the southern foreshore and the Nowra Aquatic Park can use surrounding local roads.”
Electronic message signs will be put in place on the Princes Highway ahead of this closure and motorists are advised to follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs and to keep to speed limits.
Pedestrian access along Scenic Drive will be maintained during construction, however a section of footpath on the eastern side of Bridge Road will be closed.
Pedestrians will be detoured to the western side of Bridge Road via the signalised crossing at the Princes Highway or via a new temporary median island crossing that will be built near Hyam Street.
This footpath closure is required to allow work to continue on the corner of Bridge Road and the Princes Highway, including utility relocation work, pavement widening and building the new shared path.
Major work on the $342 million Nowra Bridge project started in mid-2020 and the project is expected to be complete by mid-2024, weather permitting, with up to 200 people to be employed over that time.
When the project is complete, the intersection at Scenic Drive and Bridge Road will remain closed for safety as the intersection will be too close to the new signalised pedestrian activated crossing on the Princes Highway: motorists exiting Scenic Drive would not have sufficient time to safely stop for pedestrians crossing the Princes Highway at Bridge Road.
Transport for NSW thanks the community for its patience while work is carried out.