Shoalhaven News

New Shoalhaven river bridge design draws criticism over traffic management

Nowra Bridge 1

The design for a new bridge over the Shoalhaven River is now on public exhibition, but not everyone is impressed.

North Nowra Residents who were hoping for a flyover also known as a grade-separated interchange have been left disappointed to see the new interchange will be much the same as what’s already there.

Southbound traffic from the Princes Highway would have an extra turning lane while traffic turning right from Illaroo Road onto the highway will also have an extra lane.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock says the new design is much safer.

"And it will decrease crash rates because we have the highest crash rates, (one of them) in the state with traffic on the old Nowra bridge", Ms Hancock said.

"People running into the barriers, people running into the truss members at the top and that's what's contributed to high maintenance costs for the old bridge", she said.

Meantime, Labor Candidate for Gilmore Fiona Phillips says she’s disappointed planning is pushed out until 2019 with no costings available.

"I thought that there would be more plans, but apparently there's not, they're quite limited, there's not that much of an improvement", Ms Phillips said.

"And I think that's a bit disappointing, particularly when you look at some of the main intersections as well and also the number of traffic lights", she said.

State Infrastructure and Transport Minister Andrew Constance says discussions with Canberra over funding are going well, but there are still many steps that need to be taken.

"There's another project called the Coffs Harbour bypass where we are talking to Canberra about how we can get a funding package in place", Mr Constance said.

"Nowra Bridge and Coffs Harbour bypass are the two projects which we're focused on as a State Government in terms of talking with Canberra", he said.

View the design on the RMS website: