The NSW Government has provided $9 million for the start of work in the 2018-19 State Budget.
The existing bridge was built in 1964 and forms part of the Kings Highway. During routine bridge inspections, RMS identified some of the supporting concrete pillars under the bridge had deteriorated.
An assessment of the bridge found it is still able to safely carry normal traffic loads, however the pillars will weaken over time, requiring significant maintenance or replacement.
The new bridge will aim to have a 100 year lifespan and to improve urban design around its foreshore.
Early works are underway, carried out by Eurobodalla Shire Council, including clearing of vegetation, delivery of earth fill and the start of earthworks in the eastern side of the Clyde River.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said pre-qualified contractors are invited to submit tenders by 26 November to turn the design into reality and deliver the project.
“The detailed design will be available to the public later this year but will include an improved curve, wider lanes and shoulders, and safety barriers between the road and footpath,” Mr Constance said.
“When completed, the project will improve safety and traffic efficiency on this important highway link between Canberra and the coast.
The contract award is expected to be announced early next year and aims to be opened in 2021, weather permitting. The demolition of the existing bridge will commence shortly afterwards.