Princes Highway upgrade milestone approaches

SNAP HAPPY: Former Shoalhaven Mayor now MLC Paul Green was overcome with joy when with then Premier Mike Baird and Kiama MP Gareth Ward he inspected progress on the Berry bridge in May last year.

SNAP HAPPY: Former Shoalhaven Mayor now MLC Paul Green was overcome with joy when with then Premier Mike Baird and Kiama MP Gareth Ward he inspected progress on the Berry bridge in May last year.

A community walk over the new Princes Highway Berry Bridge will take place on Sunday, June 18.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward announced the date with members of the Rotary Club of Berry and the Berry Forum.

“To help mark the occasion, a community walk has been planned, giving the public an opportunity to walk along a three-kilometre section of new highway, including the new bridge at Berry,” he said.

“The early completion of the Berry bypass will be the most significant achievement yet as part of this $580 million, 12.5 kilometre Princes Highway upgrade, which is 100 per cent funded by the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government.”

The main feature of the Berry bypass is the 610 metre bridge, allowing motorists to bypass the Berry township completely.

“The community has watched as this bridge has been built and it’s only fair they get a chance to walk across it before we see vehicles on it,” Mr Ward said.

“When the entire upgrade is complete, motorists will save up to seven minutes in travel time through the elimination of steep climbs, sharp bends and the congestion through Berry.

​Mr Ward said that more information on the community walk, including times would be available before the event, which aims to be a real celebration.

Berry Rotary will be at the bridge walk taking gold coin donations towards its adventure playground project.

"The Foxground bypass was completed before Easter and now we are on track to have the Berry bypass completed by mid this year, which is more than 12 months ahead of schedule,” Mr Ward said.

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