Construction of Batemans Bay Bridge

Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project

The $274 million project will build better connections in and around Batemans Bay for motorists, freight, river users, pedestrians and cyclists. Major work started in early 2019 and the new bridge opened to traffic in March 2021. Removal of the existing bridge and improvements to the foreshore is continuing. The project is planned to be complete in early 2023.

Latest news

SEP 2021

SEP 2021New bridge opens to four lanes of traffic

The new Batemans Bay Bridge opened to four lanes of traffic on Tuesday 21 September and the Wharf Road slip lane also opened at this time. View the video of the first cars on the new bridge.

Southbound highway traffic will be directed from one lane to two lanes just south of the roundabout intersection at the Kings and Princes highway intersection. Northbound highway traffic will be directed onto two lanes on the southern approach to the new bridge.

Changed traffic conditions will be in place while work to direct motorists on to the new bridge is carried out. Traffic management and a reduced speed limit may be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

SEP 2021

SEP 2021Urban Design and Landscape Plan consultation summary

We have completed the consultation report for the Urban Design and Landscape Plan (PDF, 3.77Mb). This report provides a summary of the community and stakeholder consultation carried out during the display in June 2019 and changes to the design as a result of feedback.

We will keep the community informed on the northern and southern foreshore upgrades as work progresses in the coming months.

JUL 2021

JUL 2021View our latest project update as work continues

Work is continuing on both the northern and southern approaches to the new bridge. Removal of the old Batemans Bay Bridge is ongoing and will continue until late 2021.

For more information on upcoming works and the latest project news please view or download the July project update (PDF, 2.08Mb).

JUN 2021

JUN 2021Southern foreshore sculpture artist announced

Joel Adler has been selected from a group of talented artists who expressed interest in designing a sculpture to pay tribute to the original Batemans Bay Bridge. The sculpture is set to be the centrepiece of the southern foreshore upgrade as part of the project.

The first of a series of videos detailing Joel and the design process is now available in our video gallery.

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Project information

  • Build better connections in and around Batemans Bay for motorists, freight, river users, pedestrians and cyclists
  • Reduce traffic delays
  • Uninterrupted access for river users
  • Improved connectivity for the Batemans Bay community
  • Better and more reliable trips for locals, tourists, businesses and freight
  • Upgraded community-friendly foreshore areas

 

Major construction work on the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project began in late 2018. The NSW Government engaged John Holland to design and build the new bridge.

The new bridge opened to two lanes of traffic in March 2021, with the shared pedestrian and cycle path opening the same month.

The project is planned to be complete by early 2023.

Key project features include:

  • New four-lane bridge over the Clyde River at Batemans Bay, including a three-metre-wide pedestrian and cyclist shared pathway
  • Upgraded roundabout intersection at the Princes and Kings Highway
  • Improved local road and pathway connections on both the northern and southern foreshores in Batemans Bay
  • Tall vessel access to the Clyde River increased to 12 metres at high tide
  • Upgraded foreshore areas including toilet facilities with uninterrupted access for river users

Motorists travelling on Clyde Street in Batemans Bay are advised that as part of the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project, one lane will be closed between the boat ramp and t-wharf carparks and traffic will be controlled by portable traffic signals.

Motorists are advised that traffic changes will be in place on Clyde Street for up to six months to allow for bridge removal and foreshore upgrade works.

Motorists are asked to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signage and traffic control devices.

There will no longer be direct access between the Princes Highway and Clyde Street.  Motorists will access Clyde Street via North Street. 

Please watch this informative video outlining these changed traffic conditions.

The NSW Government has introduced new rules under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Order 2020 to allow construction sites to operate on weekends and public holidays to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new construction hours for the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project will be Monday to Sunday (including public holidays) from 7am to 6pm. These new construction hours will come into effect for the project on Saturday 2 May 2020.

For more information, view the April 2020 notification letter (PDF, 265Kb).

The community display centre remains open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (excluding public holidays) and is located at 2 Vesper Street, Batemans Bay.

In our interactions with you at the display centre, we are following social distancing, hygiene, cleaning and record keeping guidelines from the NSW Government.

Visitor and disabled parking is available.

Work on the project continues, and we encourage the community to continue to contact the project’s Community Relations Team for information and receive up-to-date information via:

The project team will continue to monitor the situation and manage future arrangements in accordance with public health advice.

A marine exclusion zone is in place for the safety of workers and river users. A navigation channel is marked to provide passage for vessels through the zone. The marked navigation channel is subject to change as work progresses and river users are advised to follow buoyage and instruction on site.

We have updated our plan to maintain Clyde River boat ramp access during construction of the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project. Access to the Clyde River will alternate between Clyde Street boat ramp and Old Punt Road boat ramp during major work of the new Batemans Bay Bridge to deliver continuous river access for boat users and ensure the safety of river users and workers at times. Please view or download the Frequently Asked Questions: Changes to existing local boat ramp facility access during construction of the Batemans Bay Bridge (PDF, 481Kb) showing how we will be maintaining river access at all times.

During some activities we will be required to work outside of standard hours to minimise disruptions during peak periods. We will inform the community before any out of hours works is required.

Some bridge removal work will be completed outside of normal construction hours. Carrying out some of the bridge removal activities before dawn and at night will maximise use of favourable tides and wind speeds and minimise impact on river users.

Low-impact barge movements will take place from 5am to 7am while removal work will be carried out between 7am and 10pm during weekdays with processing to take place from 7am to 6pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.

All high impact work will occur within standard construction hours of 7am to 6pm except for Saturday between 1pm and 6pm, when processing work – which involves cutting steel and crushing concrete – will take place.

We invited community feedback on the Urban Design and Landscaping Plan (UDLP), including the foreshore designs, in June 2019.

View the consultation report for the Urban Design and Landscape Plan. This report provides a summary of the community and stakeholder consultation carried out during the display of the UDLP and changes to the design as a result of feedback.

View the full Urban Design and Landscape report (PDF, 77.9Mb).

We worked closely with a foreshore advisory committee made up of community members and stakeholders groups that provided expertise and advice on the foreshore designs.

View the committee’s summary report (PDF, 260Kb) that explains how the committee influenced the design of the foreshore area.

The project has exceeded state-wide employment targets, with large numbers of under-represented groups employed on the project.

On average, the project workforce has consisted of:

  • local workers – 43 per cent of workforce
  • learning Workers – 30 per cent of workforce
  • females in Non-Traditional Roles- 7 per cent of workforce, more than double the state target
  • Aboriginal employment – 10 per cent of workforce, almost triple the state target
  • under 25s - 10 per cent of workforce
  • Long Term Unemployed – 5.5 per cent of workforce.

Please view or download the detailed design community update for more information on the upgraded design.

A summary of the community's feedback that helped shape the final design can be viewed in the Submissions Report.

Media releases

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21 May 2021

History beckons as work begins to remove the old Batemans Bay bridge

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27 March 2021

New Batemans Bay Bridge welcomes first traffic

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19 March 2021

Register to join new Batemans Bay Bridge celebration

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23 February 2021

New Batemans Bay Bridge to welcome traffic within weeks

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2 July 2020

Locals help to build Batemans Bay Bridge

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December 2019

Batemans Bay Bridge leaps into the New Year

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December 2019

Batemans Bay Bridge lift span back to normal operation from tomorrow

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Contact us

For further information, please contact the project team:

Phone: 1800 870 119

Email: batemansbaybridge@jhg.com.au

The project team will continue to monitor the situation and manage future arrangements in accordance with public health advice.

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