Batemans Bay Bridge Replacement Project

The Batemans Bay Bridge Replacement Project is just one of many Roads and Maritime Services bridge projects located in the Southern Region; the bridge is part of the A1 Princes Highway and extends across the Clyde River. The Princes Highway is a major road link which connects the Eurobodalla Shire to Sydney, Illawarra, Far South Coast and Victoria.

The current Batemans Bay Bridge was built in 1956 to replace a ferry and consists of a single lane in each direction. Given the age of the bridge, there are a number of network performance and safety issues with the current bridge including its reliance on lift span operation for boats that cannot pass under the bridge due to low clearance and restrictions on Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles and over height vehicles. The bridge will be replaced with a new four lane bridge and associated upgraded approaches.

Graduate Environment Officer Charlie Payne has been busy assisting the Batemans Bay Bridge project team with reviewing environmental construction documents and permit applications to enable major construction works to start in early 2019.

Charlie said, “This is the first experience my team and myself have had working on a project within Batemans Marine Park. With the project partly located in a protected aquatic environment, it is very susceptible to any potential construction impacts. With this comes more stringent requirements and additional management and mitigation measures.”

Although the project has only just started construction, there is lots happening on site. Such works include marine and terrestrial underboring for utility relocation and the demolition of a former bowling clubhouse to use the area as the ancillary site during the construction phase of the project.

Charlie has thoroughly enjoyed attending fortnightly environment inspections to check out all the works on site as well as spending time in beautiful Batemans Bay!

Charlie (right) on a recent boat trip along the Clyde River checking out the site

The Batemans Bay Bridge Replacement Project is just one of many Roads and Maritime Services bridge projects located in the Southern Region; the bridge is part of the A1 Princes Highway and extends across the Clyde River. The Princes Highway is a major road link which connects the Eurobodalla Shire to Sydney, Illawarra, Far South Coast and Victoria.

The current Batemans Bay Bridge was built in 1956 to replace a ferry and consists of a single lane in each direction. Given the age of the bridge, there are a number of network performance and safety issues with the current bridge including its reliance on lift span operation for boats that cannot pass under the bridge due to low clearance and restrictions on Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles and over height vehicles. The bridge will be replaced with a new four lane bridge and associated upgraded approaches.

Graduate Environment Officer Charlie Payne has been busy assisting the Batemans Bay Bridge project team with reviewing environmental construction documents and permit applications to enable major construction works to start in early 2019.

Charlie said, “This is the first experience my team and myself have had working on a project within Batemans Marine Park. With the project partly located in a protected aquatic environment, it is very susceptible to any potential construction impacts. With this comes more stringent requirements and additional management and mitigation measures.”

Although the project has only just started construction, there is lots happening on site. Such works include marine and terrestrial underboring for utility relocation and the demolition of a former bowling clubhouse to use the area as the ancillary site during the construction phase of the project.

Charlie has thoroughly enjoyed attending fortnightly environment inspections to check out all the works on site as well as spending time in beautiful Batemans Bay!

Charlie (right) on a recent boat trip along the Clyde River checking out the site

Page last updated: 31 January 2019, 10:19