21 February 2023

Traffic to begin flowing over the Nelligen Bridge

| Kim Treasure
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Nelligen Bridge

The new Nelligen Bridge next to the old one. Photo: Transport for NSW.

All traffic will move onto the new Nelligen Bridge from tomorrow (22 February) as work on the $148 million project draws to a close.

Motorists are being warned of changed traffic conditions on the Kings Highway and Wharf Street, with the existing bridge also to permanently close.

Lane closures, stop/slow traffic conditions and a reduced speed of 40 km/h will remain on the Kings Highway during the work, with one lane in each direction open on the new bridge.

This week’s traffic changes come just weeks after an official opening, which included a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by the Walbunja people.

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The new bridge was commissioned after routine inspections between 2010 and 2015 identified deterioration in supporting concrete pillars under the existing structure.

Major work started in early 2021 and the new bridge was originally scheduled to open to traffic in late 2023.

The old bridge is now expected to be demolished by the end of the year.

The old Nelligen Bridge in front of the new bridge.

The entry to the old Nelligen Bridge in front of the new bridge. The new bridge opens to traffic tomorrow. Photo: Kim Treasure.

A temporary closure of Wharf Street will also be in place from Wednesday for up to eight weeks, weather permitting. A detour via Braidwood and Reid streets will direct road users in and out of the Nelligen township during this time. This closure is required to build new pavement for the realignment of Wharf Street.

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Pedestrians and cyclists will also be moved onto the new bridge as part of this work. Pedestrian access on Wharf Street will be safely maintained around the work area.

Traffic control will be in place for the safety of workers and road users.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, follow the directions of signs, and allow up to an extra 10 minutes travel time.

Original Article published by Kim Treasure on About Regional.

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