The Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project is months ahead of schedule, with the NSW government announcing when traffic will be allowed to use the new bridge.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance held a press briefing on Tuesday, stating that the new bridge will be open to public before the Easter long weekend.
Ms Berejiklian thanked John Holland for the swift construction of the new bridge, stating it is being completed far quicker than originally estimated.
"To say that this project is ahead of schedule is very exciting", Ms Berejiklian said.
"By the Easter long weekend, cars will be driving across this brand-new bridge."
The original timeline for completion of the project was late 2023.
NSW Member of Parliament Andrew Constance stated that the project has created new jobs for Eurobodalla Shire residents and the indigenous community.
"15 percent of people who worked on this bridge were Aboriginal and 45 percent of people who worked on this bridge were locals," Mr Constance said.
The current bridge is prone to breaking down, resulting in a dangerous situation for emergency services who become unable to travel to certain locations.
"It's not just about being a new bridge, its about being a safer bridge," Mr Constance said.
The new bridge will feature four lanes which will stop congested holiday traffic that the Batemans Bay community currently deal with during the holiday season.
"It's important to have the bridge open for the holidays," Mr Constance said.
"Because of Covid-19, Australians cannot go overseas, so many are travelling to regional areas like the Bay. It is important to have it ready for the increased holiday traffic."
The current Batemans Bay Bridge will begin to be deconstructed in late April, three weeks after the new bridge opens to the public.