Planning and pre-construction works for the new bridge have attracted $10 million in Federal funding and $2 million from the NSW Government.
The works will provide important information about ground conditions under the river bed and inform the design of the bridge’s foundations. The existing bridge is 130 years old and not suitable for the increasing volume of traffic using it, with almost 50,000 vehicles crossing the bridge each day.
A new crossing over the Shoalhaven River would greatly reduce congestion on the Princes Highway, in particular at the Illaroo Road, Bolong Road and Bridge Road/Pleasant Way intersections.
A decision has not been made on what will happen to the old bridge and community involvement will be sought through community drop-in sessions, phone, email or social media.