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 is now complete.

Latest news

JUL 2022

JUL 2022Foreshore community event cancelled

The foreshore community event planned for Saturday 2 July has been cancelled due to warnings of severe weather on the South Coast. We thank the community for their interest and apologise for any inconvenience.

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.

JUN 2022

JUN 2022Foreshore community event and final project update

The bridge is open, the foreshores are almost complete, and we'd like to say thank you. 

Join us on the Batemans Bay foreshores on Saturday 2 July to celebrate the completion of the project. Come down between 10am and 2pm for a free sausage sizzle and explore what the new foreshores have on offer.

Our team will also be there to talk about future Princes Highway work, and you can check out our interactive displays on maritime and road safety.

View the final project update (PDF, 2Mb) for more information on the foreshore event, a summary of what we have achieved, and information about our partnership with the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society.

APR 2022

APR 2022Temporary traffic changes on Clyde Street

Temporary traffic changes will be in place on Clyde Street from Tuesday 26 April until Saturday 14 May, weather permitting. These changes are required to allow for the installation of the new L-shaped pontoon on the Clyde River. Traffic changes will include intermittent lane closures and stop/slow traffic conditions.

This work will include the mobilisation of a large crane, alternating between two locations at Clyde Street east off-street carpark adjacent to the T-wharf and Clyde Street west boat ramp.

A section of the Clyde Street east off-street car park will be closed during some of this work and the community are encouraged to use alternate parking along Clyde Street.

The Clyde Street west boat ramp will also be closed during most of this work and the community are encouraged to use alternate local boat ramps located on Old Punt Road or Hanging Rock.

Electronic message boards will advise when this closure is in place.

Pedestrian access on Clyde Street will be maintained at all times during this work and river users are advised to be aware of pontoon movements in this area.

MAR 2022

MAR 2022View the latest foreshore upgrade project update

Work is continuing on the northern and southern foreshores of Batemans Bay as part of the project. This includes public art murals, sculpture celebrating the old bridge, new L-shaped floating pontoon, Aboriginal Heritage Interpretive Area, viewing and fishing platforms, playground and toilet blocks, picnic shelters and parking facilities.

These facilities are planned to progressively open from mid-2022, weather permitting.

View the March 2022 project update (2.95Mb) to find out more about these facilities, including maps of where they will be located on the foreshores.

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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 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.

Media releases

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23 June 2022

Community celebration to signal completion of Batemans Bay Bridge works

17 March 2022

Work ahead of schedule on the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project

21 May 2021

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

27 March 2021

New Batemans Bay Bridge welcomes first traffic

19 March 2021

Register to join new Batemans Bay Bridge celebration

23 February 2021

New Batemans Bay Bridge to welcome traffic within weeks

2 July 2020

Locals help to build Batemans Bay Bridge

December 2019

Batemans Bay Bridge leaps into the New Year

December 2019

Batemans Bay Bridge lift span back to normal operation from tomorrow



Contact us

For further information, please contact the project team:

Phone: 1800 870 119


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

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