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 foreshore upgrade work was completed in July 2022.

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SEP 2022

SEP 2022End of the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project

A foreshore community event was held on Saturday 20 August to celebrate the completion of the project ahead of schedule and to thank the community for their patience over the last five years.

Thank you to those that came to the foreshore to celebrate. We hope you enjoy using the upgraded foreshore facilities and like your new bridge. If you weren’t able to make it down, you can visit the Photo galleries page to see photos of the final work.

JUN 2022

JUN 2022Aboriginal Elders Mentoring Program booklet now available

This booklet (PDF, 4.26Mb) takes an in depth look at the Aboriginal Elders Mentoring Program on the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project. The program provided local Aboriginal people with an opportunity to work as trainees on the project, giving them qualifications and valuable experience in the construction industry. Aboriginal Elders worked as mentors for the trainees – providing them with guidance and support.

The 28-page booklet showcases the achievements of the program and provides practical advice and insight to other groups or agencies that may want to implement a similar program.

Trainees, mentors and other stakeholders involved with the program were interviewed and the content was used to create profiles where their insights and experiences are shared in their own words.

JUN 2022

JUN 2022Yangary (Batemans Bay) and Bhundoo (Clyde River)

Check out the new cultural heritage booklet (PDF, 8.54Mb) exploring the history and connection of Aboriginal people to the Batemans Bay area.

The publication was created based on a wide range of documentary sources and informed by discussions with cultural knowledge holders. It touches on many stories about the history and cultural values of the area.

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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 was completed in mid-2022.

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 highways
  • Improved local road and pathway connections on both the northern and southern foreshores in Batemans Bay
  • Tall vessel access to the Clyde River at 12 metres at mean high water spring (MHWS)
  • Upgraded foreshore areas to support community and tourism friendly activities.

The main marine exclusion zone and temporary buoyage has been removed and the river navigation channel is in its final alignment. A temporary marine speed limit of 4 knots will remain in place and vessel operators under power are advised to minimise their wash.

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.

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12 August 2022

Community celebration to signal completion of Batemans Bay Bridge works

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23 June 2022

Community celebration to signal completion of Batemans Bay Bridge works

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17 March 2022

Work ahead of schedule on the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project

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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 684 490

Email: southprojects@transport.nsw.gov.au

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