It is full steam ahead on the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade with the installation of the first bridge girders on the project – all of which are made using local steel supporting more local jobs.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said the 109 tonne girders would make up the first of two bridges linking Pestells Lane and Meroo Road.
“When I make a promise to our community – I keep it. One of the reasons I stood for Parliament was to fix the Princes Highway and today’s works are more great examples of real action and delivery,” Mr Ward said.
“The 100 metre long girders are made from local Australian weathering steel which can last for 100 years and requires very little maintenance.
“The bridges will provide safe access for residents entering onto the Princes Highway and allow motorists to safely travel over the highway.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the $450 million project would improve traffic flow, and deliver safer and more reliable journeys for those moving around the region.
“The Berry to Bomaderry upgrade will deliver a minimum four-lane divided route from Sydney to south of Nowra,” Mr Toole said.
“Once complete, this project will mark the delivery of more than 30 kilometres of highway upgrade between Gerringong and Bomaderry.”
Once the girders are in place, there will be a number of partial closures of the Princes Highway at night until 19 December. Alternating traffic conditions will be in place while workers weld girder segments together and install the bridge walkways.
Major work on the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade will shut down over the peak holiday period between 20 December 2019 and 6 January 2020.
More information on the project is available here.