Geotechnical investigations will soon be underway on the new Nowra Bridge as planning and design work begins on the $342 million project.
The four-lane bridge aims to reduce congestion and allow for future traffic growth around the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales.
A barge with drilling equipment will begin investigations on the river, while demolition of structures has begun.
Major works are expected to start in the second half of 2020 and are expected to be completed by mid-to-late 2024.
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the project would help locals and tourists reach their destinations sooner and safer.
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“More than 50,000 vehicles cross the Shoalhaven River every day, so this new bridge will both address current congestion issues and also cater for future traffic growth,” McCormack said.
NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the work was part of getting on with the job of connecting communities and improving safety for everyone on the road.
“Significant upgrades at key intersections will alleviate congestion and ensure safer and more reliable journeys for all motorists using this key South Coast tourist and freight corridor,” Toole said.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said early works signalled the project was on track, with utility and geotechnical investigation work currently being carried out.
“Locals will already be seeing crews drill holes in the road for the testing of soil, rock and pavement samples,” Ward said.