MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance officially opened the final section of the Princes Highway upgrade at Victoria creek this morning.
The section on the south end of the project linking Central Tilba to the new bridge at Victoria Creek south of Narooma is due to open to traffic at around 3pm this afternoon.
Also attending were supervisors from the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the road building company Seymour Whyte, as well as Eurobodalla Shire Council mayor Lindsay Brown.
There will be more detailed coverage of the opening in next week’s Narooma News.
“The project was completed around six months ahead of schedule and will improve existing highway conditions, making it a much safer road for motorists,” Mr Constance said.
“More than three kilometres were upgraded between Narooma Road, also known as the Old Princes Highway, and Corkhill Drive at Central Tilba, 13km south of Narooma.
“Work included removing a number of tight bends, adding an overtaking lane in both directions and demolishing and rebuilding a new bridge over Victoria Creek.
“The upgraded road will improve road safety and traffic flow for motorists.
“Some sections of the old Princes Highway will be revegetated while the remainder of the road will become a local road for residential access.
“This important work brings us one step closer to completing the $40 million Princes Highway upgrade,” Mr Constance said.
Some minor work will need to be completed after the new highway opens to traffic. This includes:
* Building two intersections on Victoria Creek Road, formerly the Princes Highway
* Road resurfacing near the Princes Highway and Corkhill Drive at Central Tilba
* Road widening from the temporary work at the northern intersection with Victoria Creek Road
* Demolition of the old bridge at Victoria Creek
This work is expected to take until around the end of February, weather permitting.