Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that the completed Berry bypass will be opened to traffic tomorrow.

Mr Ward said that the $580 million Berry Bypass which was fully funded by the NSW Government has now been completed, more than 12 months ahead of schedule.

“This project has been talked about since 1955. People said it couldn’t be done. Well tomorrow the Berry Bypass will be opened to traffic,” Mr Ward said.

“The officially opening with a couple of special guests will take place early next week however we did not want to delay access for local motorists.

“This upgrade gives the people of Berry back their town and will also improve road safety and travel times for motorists and pedestrian safety within the town.

“The community celebration held on Sunday 18th June was such a terrific community event with over 6,000 people walking the new 610 metre Berry Bridge with the Rotary Club of Berry also hosting a barbeque which raised much needed funds for their Adventure Playground for the children and families of Berry and the Shoalhaven.

“I was extremely pleased that the NSW Government has included in the 2017-18 State Budget construction money to build the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade of our Princes Highway.

“Once the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade is complete, safety and traffic efficiency will be improved with a minimum four-lane route complete between Sydney and Jervis Bay Road, south of Nowra.

“The upgrade will create more than 300 jobs during the building phase, and a number of other indirect jobs in the community. This is fantastic news for our region and major work on the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade is expected to start early next year.

“Progress also continues on the Albion Park Rail Bypass project which will be an extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats, bypassing the highway through Albion Park Rail.

“Planning approval for the project is now targeted for late 2017 with major work still on track to start in early 2019,” Mr Ward concluded.