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Berry to Bomaderry highway upgrade expressions of interest for construction to open

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Kiama MP Gareth Ward is announcing expressions of interest will begin for the design and construction of the Berry to Bomaderry bypass as part of the 2017/18 New South Wales State Budget.

Work on the 10.5 kilometre stretch of road should start next year.

The final cost of the project is expected to be around $400 Million with a 2021 completion date but the final cost is yet to be confirmed.

Today’s announcement wasn’t one of Mr Ward commitments during the 2015 election campaign, he says both himself and Shelley Hancock lobbied hard to get it and until now, there was no guarantee of funding.

"Shelley and I were originally told you've got a lot of roads funding in your electorate and we were probably not anticipating this victory for us", Mr Ward said.

"But we have worked so hard and continued to lobby and not take no for an answer and push the Premier and Treasurer all the way up to budget day

Mr Ward also says the Albion Park Rail Bypass will receive $17.5 Million to continue planning and pre-construction work.

The State Government will spend about $137 Million on Princes Highway upgrades during the 2017/18 financial year which will include the new Burrill Lake bridge and planning for a new bridge in Nowra as well as Batemans Bay.

Photo credits: RMS Photos released earlier this year of what the Berry to Bomaderry bypass will look like