Location Locked in for New Shoalhaven Crossing at Nowra

Media Release

WT110/2014

16 July 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Ann Sudmalis

Federal Member for Gilmore

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay have announced the preferred location for a new bridge crossing of Shoalhaven River. The new bridge will be built upstream from the existing crossing.

Minister Gay was joined by Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis, Member for the South coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward to make the announcement today.

“The Australia Government has committed $10 million over the next three years and the NSW Government has committed $2 million to carry out investigations and planning for the Nowra Bridge project in the 2014–15 budget,” Mr Truss said.

“The existing bridge is 130 years old and planning for a new bridge is needed to make sure this river crossing can safely cater for increasing traffic volumes in the future,” Minister Gay said.

“Almost 50,000 vehicles cross this bridge everyday creating stifling congestion. That's why our planning project will ensure that we can meet traffic growth for decades to come.”

“I congratulate the NSW Government and the community in determining the location of the third river crossing and I look forward to further consultation regarding the future of our old iron bridge,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

“The decision on the preferred location allows planning to start later this year on the intersection and bridge concept designs,” Mrs Hancock said.

“As part of the project, Roads and Maritime Services will also look at ways to resolve traffic issues at the Princes Highway intersections at Bolong Road, Illaroo Road, Bridge Road and Pleasant Way,” Mr Ward said.