Work to repair the popular Crooked River pedestrian bridge at Gerroa will start next month, according to Kiama Municipal Council.
The footbridge, which has been closed since the end of February, connects to the northern end of Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa.
Initial plans to spend $150,000 on a new structure were put on hold in June after the council said issues were identified that needed further investigation.
A tender for design and new decking worth $229,000 has now been awarded to Nowra-based company, Sea-Slip Pontoons and Products Pty Ltd.
During construction, rubber matting will be laid on the riverbed for crane operation, while a catching tray is to be installed to prevent waste materials falling into the waterway during the demolition.
The old bridge was built about 30 years ago and comprises concrete-filled pipe pylons and eight spans of 9.6-metre-long pre-stressed concrete deck panels.
It was due to be replaced in the 2018-19 financial year. However, at the end of February, Kiama council was told by a member of the public that a large crack had developed in one of the panels and the footbridge was closed.
A council spokeswoman said the project was in the engineering design phase, with construction works expected to commence early next month with an anticipated completion date of late October.
"The new decking for the pedestrian bridge will be 1.8 metres wide and is to be made from a marine-graded aluminium structure, providing high corrosion resistance to the surrounding marine environment with low maintenance costs.
"A new easily accessible ramp at the southern end of the bridge and child-safe balustrades will also be constructed as a part of this project," she said.