The 12.5 kilometre upgrade will deliver a more efficient, safer and less congested road network in the area.
Key features of the upgrade include:
- a 610 metre by 25 metre bridge that caters for four lanes of traffic, with two lanes in each direction
- three metre wide shoulders added on both sides of the bridge to improve motorist safety
- on and off ramps to the north and south of Berry, allowing free flowing access to the town for motorists.
The removal of steep climbs, sharp bends and congestion through Berry and Foxground will save the 19,400 motorists who use the highway daily up to seven minutes in travel time.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there had been terrific economic benefits to the local community since the project started.
“Many businesses have benefited from the number of workers involved in the project,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“While the Berry community gets its town back, the entire project will also deliver significant benefits to passing motorists.”
Ongoing work to build the new lanes south of Berry will continue and the final road surface will be applied later in the year.