Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Early works begin for Nowra Bridge

Media Release

WT246/2014

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.