Only two residents invited to discuss new Nowra bridge

A ONE-DAY workshop which will help decide the possible location of the new crossing over the Shoalhaven River will be staged in Nowra in May.

However, local residents wanting to attend the workshop will have to apply and then only two will be allowed to take part.

The workshop will bring together Roads and Maritime Services project staff, technical experts and key stakeholders, including two community representatives, to review the material gathered from technical studies and community feedback.

The NSW government has provided $2 million this year for planning for a potential new river crossing with the workshop being the next step in the process.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said it was expected a recommended location for a potential new crossing would be identified as part of the workshop process.

Studies into improving conditions on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River in Nowra have been under way since late 2012.  

As part of the investigations, several technical studies looking at environment, heritage, traffic and design constraints of potential locations for a new crossing were carried out and will be presented at the workshop.

Feedback received from local residents and stakeholders at community sessions held late last year will also be assessed at the workshop.

“Participants will help the project team identify priorities and criteria to assess the different location options,” Mrs Hancock said.

People interested in representing the community will need to submit an application form responding to selection criteria. 

Application information is available on the project website www.rms.nsw.gov.au/road projects/nowrabridge by calling the information line on 1800 331 713 or emailing NowraBridgeProject @rms.nsw.gov.au.

Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of two independent representatives from the Nowra area and the Roads and Maritime Project Manager. 

Applications close on Monday, April 28. 

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