One by one, the lights have been going out for good in the windows of houses at the bottom of Illaroo Road.
Residents whose homes are in the path of the new Shoalhaven River bridge works have now all but moved out, following compulsorily acquisition by Roads and Maritime Services.
Many have left reluctantly. Some of the now empty homes stand on sites that have been owned by local families for generations.
Negotiations with the RMS have reportedly been fair - even renters were compensated for the upheaval - but the disappearance of these homes will mark a milestone in the history of Illaroo Road.
Once a dirt track winding its way up along the Shoalhaven River, Illaroo Road has a colourful history, and was in its early days home to a close knit, working class community.
Many of the older residents will remember when the "traffic" was mostly feet and horse hooves.
Today the road is chaotic, but the backs of these houses look down over beautiful views to the farmland around Bomaderry Creek, where residents have created terraced gardens spilling over a sandstone cliff.
At 19 and 21 Illaroo Road, Adrienne Fox and her mother Bobbie were originally told their homes would remain. But recently, plans changed. With a roundabout now proposed for the Golf Club turn-off, more properties are now needed.
While Adrienne said they were initially upset with the news, particularly as they had been renovating their homes, they have since found new homes in North Nowra.
"I was shocked at first, because we would have been happy to stay. But we won't miss trying to get out of the driveway at busy times," Adrienne said.
Down at number 15, four generations of the Laverty family have played in the back yard and climbed "down the cliff" against all warnings from parents.
Peter and Tracey Laverty have now moved to Picton, closer to their daughters, with Peter saying he didn't realise how noisy the road had become until he got away from it.
Given the changes, it's timely that the Shoalhaven Historical Society has reprinted "Track by the River", a collection of memories of early Illaroo Road residents.
The book is available at the Nowra Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm - 4pm, and Tuesdays 10 am to 2pm, for $25.