Both sides of politics have promised money to plan for the Nowra Bypass if elected next month.
But the amounts they have promised differ greatly.
Last week Labor's Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Catherine King, pledged to spend $5 million to fund phase one of the bypass, completing planning studies and setting the stage for the start of construction.
As she stood beside Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips, Ms King said the money would be provided in the first budget handed down by an Albanese government.
"Fiona's been telling me for many years now just what an important commitment this is for this community - that each weekend, each public holiday, and as we head into the Easter break that Nowra becomes a gridlock because so many people want to get down to the beautiful South Coast," she said.
Mrs Phillips said the bypass was "something that should have been fixed long ago, and I've been out there deeply listening to members of our community, and that's why I'm really proud to help get this going, and get this Nowra Bypass moving."
But yesterday the Coalition pledged to spend $40 million to plan and prepare for the Nowra Bypass in an 80-20 split with the State Government.
The funding was announced by Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher, NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway, Liberal candidate for Gilmore Andrew Constance and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock.
Mr Constance said the $32 million from the Commonwealth and $8 million from the State Government would have the bypass shovel ready.
"What this means is that we will now be able to get on with the obvious business case work, planning approvals, establishment of a project team, reference design and get it underway, and with all major infrastructure builds, particularly with infrastructure that is likely to be in excess of $1.5 billion, it is really important to commence this work and the face that we have a strategic partnership between the state and federal governments is really important," he said.
Mr Constance said the funding and modelling had been in preparation for a while.
"This is a very serious piece of work, this is how we build infrastructure across our state and our country, and having been involved in the delivery of $110 billion worth I know how significant it is when you reach this agreement."
Mr Constance said the project would be similar to the Coffs Harbour Bypass that was under construction.
Images: Glenn Ellard, Shelley Hancock MP