The community has had its first look a Princes Highway deviation on the New South Wales far south coast.

The 3.5k road of two lanes was opened to pedestrians and cyclists at the weekend to allow them to have a close look at the Bega by-pass. Construction on the $60m project begun just over a year ago and has finished two months ahead of schedule.

The road should be opened to traffic in the next fortnight; an event the former Federal Member for Eden Monaro, Mike Kelly says is a relief.

“This bypass was talked about by my father when I was about 11 years old and I'm 53 now,” he said.

To see it come to fruition and there were a lot of sceptics along the way who said it would never be done, it would never happen, they'd heard it all before.

“It's been a very rewarding process to be involved in.”

Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman, Fiona Moresby, says the by-pass will improve safety.

“The community is obviously completely delighted with the by-pass and it also aims to support the region's economy by allowing the Princes Highway between the Snowy Mountains Highway and the Victorian border to be used by B-double heavy vehicles - an improved route without sharp corners and things like that.

“So it's improving the safety of locals.”