Artists impression of the new Nelligen Bridge

Nelligen Bridge Replacement

The Nelligen Bridge Replacement project will provide a new two lane bridge on the Kings Highway over the Clyde River at Nelligen.

The $148 million project is funded by the NSW Government.

Major work started in early 2021 and the new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by late 2023, weather permitting. Project completion, including removal of the old bridge is expected to be late 2024.

Latest news

MAR 2021

MAR 2021Permanent closure of northern end of Thule Road

For the safety of road users, the intersection of the Kings Highway and the northern end of Thule Road will be permanently closed to motorists from mid-March. The intersection will continue to be used by workers to access the site office under a left in, left out arrangement. Pedestrian access will remain open. To find out more and view a map of the detour, please view the Thule Road closure notification.

MAR 2021

MAR 2021View the final design in our latest project update

Learn more about the project, the final design and key activities during construction in our latest project update. There have been minor improvements to the design since 2018 including a new community space on the western side.

During construction, we will continue to keep you informed on work. There will be changes to traffic, river access and some work will be required outside of standard working hours. If you would like to receive regular email updates about the project please subscribe using the form below.

FEB 2021

FEB 2021Site establishment work to start in February

Work will start from late February in preparation for major construction work to take place for the new bridge.

Main work activities will involve establishing site office compounds and storage areas, installation of temporary traffic control and safety barriers, installing boundary flagging and temporary fencing, survey and geotechnical work, cutting and filling soft soil areas and stabilising ground conditions and setting up water quality basins, dust measuring monitors and sediment control fencing.

Work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday, weather permitting.

For more information about this work please view the resident notification

DEC 2020

DEC 2020Major construction set to start in early 2021

Transport for NSW is moving ahead with preparations for a new bridge over the Clyde River at Nelligen with the announcement of Seymour Whyte Constructions as the successful tenderer for the project.

Site establishment and major construction is planned to start early next year.

The new bridge will be built upstream of the existing bridge to provide safer and more reliable journeys on the Kings Highway for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

It will deliver wider lanes and shoulders, an improved curve on the eastern side of the bridge, and safety barriers between the road and footpath.

Early work including vegetation removal and delivery of earth fill on the eastern side of the Clyde River in preparation for the project was completed last year, along with site investigations and utility relocations.

The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by late-2023.

APR 2020

APR 2020Utility relocation work to continue at Thule Road

Utility relocation work will move to the Thule Road area from 14 April as part of the Nelligen Bridge replacement project. We expect to complete the work in three weeks, weather permitting.

Thule Road will need to be closed either east or west of Bridgeview Road (depending on work location) during daytime work hours (7am till 6pm) but will be re-opened at night. The closure will involve a detour and residents will always have access from one end of Thule Road via the detour. We have included a map to show the location of the work.

Traffic control will be in place during work hours to direct motorists to the appropriate Thule Road entry.

View or download our April 2020 notification letter (PDF, 188Kb) for more information about upcoming utility relocation work.

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Project information

The NSW Government is investing $148 million for the construction of a replacement bridge on the Kings Highway over the Clyde River at Nelligen in New South Wales.

The Kings Highway plays an important role as the key east-west route for commuters and freight between the ACT / Queanbeyan region and the NSW far south coast. At a local level, the highway connects Nelligen and greater Eurobodalla region to employment, health and education resources in the ACT / Queanbeyan region.

The new bridge will provide safer and more reliable journeys on the Kings Highway for motorists, freight, pedestrians and cyclists.

Seymour Whyte Constructions has been awarded the construction contract for the project and work will start in early 2021.

The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic by late 2023, weather permitting, and the project is expected to be completed by late 2024.

The new 349 metre long bridge would include the following:

  • 3.7 metre wide traffic lanes in each direction
  • 2.5 metre wide shoulders in each direction
  • A two metre wide pedestrian path on the southern side of the bridge with connections to Thule Road on the eastern side of the river and the existing footpath on Braidwood Street on the western side of the river
  • Upgrades to the Kings Highway approaches to the new bridge on both sides of the river
  • A new intersection between the Kings Highway and Maisies Lane
  • Upgraded intersections between on Kings Highway at Bridge View Road and Old Nelligen Road
  • Relocation of the existing bus stop and installation of a new shelter
  • The project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by providing an improved curve on the eastern side of the bridge, wider lanes and shoulders and safety barriers between the road and footpath
  • A new bridge will provide a safe and reliable crossing over the Clyde River and will be built with a 100 year bridge design life
  • The project will provide better and more reliable trips for people, business and freight particularly for those travelling on the Kings Highway between Batemans Bay and Canberra
  • The project will also improve urban design and access around the river’s foreshore with a new community space and viewing area to be built on the western abutment of the existing bridge

Media releases

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4 December 2020

Bridge over Clyde River at Nelligen on the way

15 October 2018

Call for tenders to build new Nelligen Bridge



Contact us

For further information, please contact the project team on:

Phone: 1800 334 541


Mail: Nelligen Bridge, PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2520

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