The new $274 million Batemans Bay Bridge will be open to traffic as soon as tonight or tomorrow.
The community marked the official opening with a community walk led by local emergency services on Saturday.
One lane of the bridge will be open to traffic in each direction, with the remaining two lanes two open once the old bridge is removed later this year.
The bridge has been completed months ahead of schedule and Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the opening was an historic moment for Batemans Bay which would improve access along the Princes Highway and reduce traffic delays.
“It is now easier than ever to travel to and access the beautiful South Coast, providing an economic boost to our communities, and delivering a much-needed new link for the entire region,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Work to build the bridge has also contributed to the local economy with the project employing around 1,000 people since major work started in 2019, with nearly half of them local to this area.”
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the community walkover was "a great opportunity to celebrate all the hard work that has gone into making this bridge a reality, and the difference it will make for future generations".
“Replacing the old bridge means emergency services are no longer cut off when the bridge is raised, significantly improving response times during crises,” Mr Constance said.
“I’m also pleased we have been able to get the bridge open with a lane in each direction before the Easter break."
Photo Andrew Constance MP