Early works begin for Nowra Bridge

Media Release


25 November 2014

Geotechnical investigations have started for a new bridge to be constructed over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $10 million for planning and pre-construction works for this new bridge.

“These investigations will provide important information about ground conditions under the river bed and inform the design of the bridge's foundations,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said the planning phase was an important step in the process.

“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,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

“A new crossing over the Shoalhaven River will greatly improve congestion issues on the Princes Highway, in particular at the Illaroo Road, Bolong Road and Bridge Road/Pleasant Way intersections.

“A decision about what will happen to the old bridge has not yet been made, and the community can have its say on what will happen with the bridge through community drop in sessions, phone, email or social media.”

These planning and pre-construction works are jointly funded, with the Australian Government contributing $10 million and the New South Wales Government contributing $2 million.