A new bridge across the Clyde River at Nelligen will be built north of the existing bridge.
Bega MP Andrew Constance said the strength of the existing bridge had been assessed and, while the bridge is still able to safely carry normal traffic, significant maintenance or replacement will be required in the future.
“Options to repair or replace the bridge have been investigated,” he said.
A value management workshop was held earlier this year involving representatives from Roads and Maritime Services, Eurobodalla Shire Council and the Eurobodalla community. Options were discussed for repair or replacement of the bridge.
“It was agreed a new bridge to the north of the existing bridge was the best option with the least impact on heritage and the community,” Mr Constance said.
“A new bridge would include improvements to approaches which would address safety issues to the east where there have been two fatal crashes in the past five years.
“The highway approaches would be widened and bends straightened to meet an 80km/h design standard.”
The new bridge will include 3.5 metre wide lanes with 2.5 metre wide shoulders, and would improve safety for pedestrians with a footpath separated from traffic with barriers.
Mr Constance said it was proposed to demolish the old bridge after the new one was completed.
A concept design will be developed and environmental assessment carried out as planning for the new bridge progresses.
The options report is at www.rms.nsw.gov.au.