New Nowra bridge makes final reach north
The final segment has been poured and the new Nowra Bridge has now reached the northern side of the Shoalhaven River, marking an exciting milestone for the project.
Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast Shelley Hancock said the final segment was poured on 27 May and was launched on 2 June reaching the northern rockface around 5.30pm on Monday 6 June.
“To see the gap close between the bridge and land has to be the most visually anticipated milestone of the project to date,” Ms Hancock said.
“While there is still a significant amount of work on and around the main structure to be completed before the bridge is open to traffic, it is easy to see the Nowra Bridge project is powering ahead.”
The launch nose, a steel structure used to guide and span ahead of the concrete bridge decks, reached the northern side of the river on 2 June and has been removed in sections allowing for the deck to reach its final position.
The first segment was poured on 25 May last year and now, just over one year later, that first segment has touched down on the northern foreshore of the Shoalhaven River, having been pushed more than 360 metres.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the new bridge should be open to traffic by the end of the year, weather permitting.
“We expect cars will be driving on the new bridge by Christmas, which is great news for both locals and visitors to the South Coast,” Mr Farraway said.
“In the first phase of opening this new bridge, we will temporarily move all existing five lanes across the Shoalhaven River onto this new bridge.
“This will enable works to upgrade the existing pavement on the existing northbound bridge before it is converted to southbound traffic.”
Another milestone for the Nowra Bridge project will include the opening of a new road in Nowra.
Shearwater Way will be the new link connecting Lyrebird Drive to the Princes Highway when it opens to traffic in the coming months.
The opening of this new road will allow Transport for NSW to close the Pleasant Way intersection to safely carry out work in this location and build the new cul-de-sac.
Work on the Nowra Bridge project will continue throughout 2023 to enable the Princes Highway to be widened to six lanes.
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