A major contractor has begun works on the Nowra Bridge project with the first sod turned.
Fulton Hogan are delivering the works which are hoped to help improve traffic flow on a major section of the Princes Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said it was an exciting day for the $342 million project on the NSW South Coast.
“It is great to see this large scale infrastructure project jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Liberal and Nationals Governments powering ahead, which will ease congestion and cater for future traffic growth along this section of the Princes Highway,” Mr. McCormack said.
He said more than 50,000 vehicles cross the Shoalhaven River every day and the new four lane bridge will make the route safer and more reliable.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project was critical to the transformation of journeys along the South Coast.
“Since 2011, the Australian and NSW Governments have invested $2.5 billion into building a safer Princes Highway from Sydney to the Victorian border and the Nowra Bridge is an important part of this upgrade,” Mr Toole said.
The project is expected to create around 200 jobs.
State Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said it was fantastic to see major work starting to prepare for the construction of the new bridge in late August.
“Shortly we will see the first loads of rock delivered to build a temporary platform into the Shoalhaven River from near Scenic Drive so that the building of the new bridge structure can commence,” Mrs. Hancock said.
“Vegetation clearing is also under way within the bridge and road alignments to allow the first major earthworks to start at the intersection of Bolong Road and the Princes Highway in the coming weeks.”
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