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.

Project update

Latest news

DEC 2021

DEC 2021View the latest project update

Work is progressing well with the first of 77 super-T girder installed for the new bridge. Each girder weighs about 62 tonnes, is 32 metres long and 1.5 metres high.

View the December 2021 project update (PDF, 1.93Mb) to find out more about what’s been happening and what’s coming up on the project. This includes information about river access and how the project team manages dust and noise impacts during construction.

DEC 2021

DEC 2021Out of hours work in December

Concrete pours will take place between 4am and 6pm on Wednesday 15 December, Thursday 16 December and Tuesday 21 December, weather permitting. This is required to ensure the quality of the concrete is maintained by avoiding the hotter temperatures in the day.

Temporary traffic changes and reduced speed limits will be in place on the Kings Highway to ensure the area is safe for road users and workers. Motorists are advised to drive to conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

For more information on out of hours work, please view the September resident notification (PDF, 538Kb).

NOV 2021

NOV 2021Piling complete

Piling is now complete on the Nelligen Bridge Replacement project. A total of 74 piles have been installed for the new bridge foundations using the bored piling construction method.

For more information on this process, view the piling factsheet (PDF, 800Kb) or the latest project update video.

OCT 2021

OCT 2021Traffic changes and night work from Monday 25 October

We will be working outside of our standard working hours to complete road widening work on the Kings Highway near Wharf Street from 6am Monday 25 October until 6am Thursday 28 October, weather permitting.

One lane of the Kings Highway will be temporarily closed between Wharf Street and Reid Street during this work. Traffic control will be in place including stop/slow traffic conditions and a reduced speed of 40km/h.

For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit, or download the Live Traffic App.

OCT 2021

OCT 2021Out of hours work in October

We will be working outside of our standard working hours to install precast pile cap shells over piers 4 and 7 over two weekends in October.

Extended work hours for pier 4 will take place from Saturday 9 October to Monday 11 October between 6am and 10pm, weather permitting.

Extended work hours for pier 7 will take place from Saturday 23 October to Monday 25 October between 6am and 10pm, weather permitting.

For more information about this work, view the latest October 2021 resident notification (PDF, 802Kb).

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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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