While Batemans Bay’s steel bridge across the Clyde River is iconic, its life is coming to an end. Completed in 1956, its narrow tack and traffic-stopping lift-span are no longer fit to service the town and the busy Princes Highway. Roads and Maritime Services is planning to replace the bridge with construction due to commence in 2018.
The new Batemans Bay bridge will:
- Improve freight access by allowing larger trucks and B-double vehicles up to 26 metres in length across the Clyde River.
- Replace the existing bridge that requires costly ongoing maintenance.
- Reduce traffic delays at the Kings and Princes Highway intersection in peak periods.
- Reduce economic and social impacts by removing the current lift span issues and load limit on the existing bridge.
- Remove everyday delays due to the bridge opening.
As well as fixing traffic and freight delays, business opportunities in tourism, retail and food will be enhanced by the foreshore redesign, which includes significant reclamation of river-front land, and a new T wharf allowing recreational watercraft to pull up and moor near the towns popular café strip.