Major builder awarded contract for $148M Nelligen Bridge replacement

Impression of the Nelligen Bridge courtesy of Seymour Whyte.

Works are expected to soon be underway on the $148 million Nelligen Bridge Replacement after the construction contract award.

Seymour Whyte Constructions will undertake the project which will involve building a 349 metre bridge, up to seven metres above the Clyde River.

Site establishment and major construction is expected to start on the project early this year.

Works will include the bridge and abutment construction, building a shared user path, intersection upgrades, demolishing the existing bridge and surrounding landscaping works.

The new bridge will be built up-stream from the current bridge, it will feature wider lanes and shoulders and safety barriers between the road and footpath.

Steve Lambert, Seymour Whyte General Manager Southern, said the contract win highlights Seymour Whyte’s collaborative approach to smart infrastructure solutions.

“Seymour Whyte supported Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in design improvements to constructability and environmental outcomes on the project,” he said.

He said environmental impacts during construction will be minimised by working closely with stakeholders, including the local aquaculture industry, to protect and enrich the natural environment.

“We will work very closely with local industry and stakeholders to minimise construction impacts on local environment. Bespoke environmental sustainability management plans and measures for erosion and sediment control, marine and vegetation biodiversity management, including the salvaging and translocation of seagrasses, will be implemented on the project to protect land and marine environments.”

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the new bridge will have a 100-year bridge life and the project will provide improved urban design around the foreshore.

“This new bridge will see wider lanes and shoulders, an improved curve on the eastern side of the bridge, and safety barriers between the road and footpath,” Constance said.

He said early work, including vegetation removal and the delivery of earth fill was completed last year,  along with utility relocation.

Construction is expected to be complete on the bridge in late 2023.

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