Bega bypass opening well ahead of schedule

20 September 2013

Bega bypass opening well ahead of schedule

The NSW south coast community of Bega today celebrated the upcoming completion of their bypass well ahead of schedule.

Local residents will today celebrate at a community day in the southern NSW town of Bega, walking the length of the bypass before traffic is moved onto the new road.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said this project was a major achievement for the south coast community which had been lobbying for the bypass for more than 30 years.

“The bypass section of the upgrade is expected to open to traffic in coming weeks delivering faster, safer and smoother driving conditions for motorists. Work to build the southern connection to the bypass is expected to be completed in October,” the spokesperson said.

“The 3.5 kilometre, two lane bypass will take heavy vehicles out of the CBD of Bega improving safety for locals.

“More than 190,000 cubic metres of earthwork was carried out and two bridges were built with pedestrian access over the new highway as well as an underpass for local traffic with pedestrian access at Applegum Close.

“A new roundabout south of the Bega River Bridge was also installed and the intersection at Finucane Lane was rebuilt to improve sight distance and road safety.

“The opening is a testament to the hard work and planning Roads and Maritime Services and the project team have put into the upgrade.

“The bypass also aims to support the region's economy by allowing the Princes Highway between the Snowy Mountains Highway and the Victorian border to be used by B double heavy vehicles by providing an approved route at Bega without sharp corners.

“About 70 workers were on site each day with more than 470 people in total working on the project, delivering an important boost for the local economy.

“Some finishing work will continue on the southern connection to the bypass which is scheduled to be completed in about a month, weather permitting.”
Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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