Today Gareth Ward joined with the NSW Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock to announce that major works have commenced on the $580 million Princes Highway’s Foxground and Berry bypass – an upgrade that will improve road safety, reduce travelling times and create hundreds of construction jobs.
Gareth said ‘The Foxground and Berry bypass is the most significant transport infrastructure investment being made on the South Coast and it will greatly transform this region. This stretch of the road is due to open to traffic by mid-2018, weather permitting. This upgrade is great news for motorists who use this road and also for local tradespeople, as the project will create about 400 construction jobs’
The Foxground and Berry bypass project is an 11.6 kilometres stretch of four-lane highway between Toolijooa Road and Schofields Lane on the Princes Highway.
Gareth further stated ‘The price of progress is some short-term inconvenience but this is a long-term investment in the lives of local communities and the visitors to the region.’
Since March 2011, Gareth Ward has secured $785 million to upgrade and maintain the Princes Highway.