New road marks exciting milestone for Nowra Bridge Project


As road transformations north of the new Nowra Bridge continue, progress to the south is about to reach an exciting milestone.

The new Shearwater Way which will connect Lyrebird Drive to the Princes Highway will open to traffic from Wednesday, 5 October, weather permitting. 

The new road will have a speed limit of 50 km/h and southbound vehicles can access it with a left-in and left-out turn at the intersection with the Princes Highway.

Once Shearwater Way opens, works in this area will focus on finalising the widening of the Princes Highway between Bridge Road and Moss Street to three lanes in each direction.

To improve safety, a concrete median will be built which will separate north and southbound traffic and reduce the risk of head-on crashes

The new northbound lanes approaching the bridge will also be completed in the coming months, with Bridge Road required to close temporarily at times.

The intermittent closures will be required while work is carried out to shift the intersection to accommodate the new alignment and width of the Princes Highway near Bridge Road.

The $310 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on a 50:50 basis.

Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“This new road is an essential part of the overall design for the Nowra Bridge project.

“It will provide locals with another connection to the Princes Highway and contribute to improved traffic flows at the Bridge Road intersection.”

Quotes attributable to NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway:

“Since 2011, $5.15 billion has been committed to upgrading the Princes Highway from Albion Park to the Victorian border.

“No matter where you live in regional NSW our communities deserve the infrastructure that ensures a safer and smoother connection which is exactly what we are delivering with the new Nowra Bridge. 

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government are delivering legacy projects which are making a real difference to the daily lives of the local community, securing a brighter future for NSW.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips:

“This is the latest milestone in delivering this critical infrastructure project for the Shoalhaven region, with the new bridge promising quicker trips, fewer delays in peak commuter and holiday periods, and a future-proofed local road network.

“Our continued investment in the Nowra Bridge project shows the Australian Government is serious about delivering for South Coast communities.”

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock: 

“This is an exciting step forward for the local community in what has been a once-in-ageneration infrastructure project. 

“It is great to see this new bridge almost complete and I look forward to cutting the ribbon on this significant project. 

“Our region will benefit greatly from this new bridge and I know locals and visitors alike can’t wait to be using this fantastic piece of infrastructure.”