On Sunday 23 June 2013, about 3000 members of the public attended the community day at Holbrook along with the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard, the Hon Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and the Hon Duncan Gay MLC, NSW Minister for Roads and Ports.
The event marked the completion of the Holbrook bypass, which was the final project in an almost 50 year long larger project involving the Australian, NSW and Victorian governments, duplicating the Hume Highway to provide an 808 kilometre link between Sydney and Melbourne devoid of traffic lights or school crossings.
Motorists will save up to three hours travel time between the nation's two biggest capitals, Sydney and Melbourne.
In all, 49 towns were bypassed - 26 in NSW and 23 in Victoria – steering the noise and fumes of heavy vehicles away from townships, and 205 bridges built to improve the road.
About 130,000 people had some form of direct employment on the project over almost 50 years.