Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that the first major traffic switch on the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade will go ahead this week.
Mr Ward said that the switch would allow for work to start on the new bridges near Wileys Creek.
“Princes Highway traffic will be diverted onto a newly built temporary road near Wileys Creek at Jaspers Brush,” he said.
“This is the first of many major traffic switches for the 10.5 kilometre project.”
Mr Ward said the bridge over Wileys Creek is one of the biggest on the project at 45 metres long and 42 metres wide.
“It will be made of 108 precast concrete planks and will take about two years to complete,” he said.
“Large piling machines working on bridge foundations have been on site for the past month and will be busy over the next year building the 261 piles for the 11 bridges being built on the project.
“The $450 million Berry to Bomaderry upgrade will provide a four-lane divided highway between Mullers Lane, Berry and Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry.
“Once complete, it will be the final piece of more than 30 kilometres of highway upgraded between Gerringong and Bomaderry since work started in 2012.
“It will also be the final project to complete a minimum four-lane divided route between Sydney and Jervis Bay Road, south of Nowra.
“There will be a break in construction between 21st December and 5th January, and the 80km/h speed limit through the worksite will remain in place for the safety of motorists,” Mr Ward concluded.