It was officially the end of an era in Batemans Bay last month as the final pier of the old Batemans Bay Bridge was removed on November 19.
The transition from the old steel bridge, which was built in 1956 to replace a ferry crossing the Clyde River, to the new bridge was completed in March this year when the new bridge opened to traffic.
The new bridge has been a fully-operation, four-lane bridge since September 21.
Now that the old bridge has been fully removed, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said works would continue on both sides of the river until early 2023.
"Work to remove the old Batemans Bay Bridge was completed with the removal of the final pier on November 19," the spokesperson said.
"The removal of a temporary jetty and processing site used while the old bridge was dismantled is expected to be completed early next year.
"Work has been continuing on highway resurfacing, line marking, and shared user path connections between the bridge and the foreshore areas.
"We are now building the local road pavement in Clyde Street for the connection of Wharf Road and Old Punt Road."
The works on both sides will turn the northern and southern foreshores into "more community-friendly areas".
"The $274 million bridge replacement program also includes the creation of more community-friendly areas on the northern and southern foreshores ,including fishing and lookout platforms and a new floating pontoon," the Transport for NSW spokesperson said.
"Work on these improvements is expected to be completed by early 2023.
"The southern foreshore upgrade will feature a sculpture paying tribute to the original Batemans Bay Bridge. This is currently being manufactured offsite using material from the old bridge and is expected to be installed early next year.
"Further updates will be provided to the community in the lead up to Christmas to provide information on facilities that will be opened for public use during the holiday period."
Also of note will be the reopening of Old Punt Road for public vehicles and pedestrians later this year, the reopening of the Old Punt Road boat ramp, and the continued works on the Clyde Street East realignment that will include a new roundabout.
Transport for NSW also reports they've had to remove more than 50 shopping trolleys from the Clyde River during the works to remove the old Batemans Bay Bridge.
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