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Sth Lismore bridge delays costing $2.6 million

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Traffic delays at the bridge crossing Hollingworth Creek in South Lismore are costing $2.6 million each year. (Darren Coyne)
Traffic delays at the bridge crossing Hollingworth Creek in South Lismore are costing $2.6 million each year. (Darren Coyne)

Traffic delays in South Lismore are costing heavy vehicle operators around $2.6 million each year, a Lismore City Council report has warned.

Trucks and cars travelling along the four-lane Bruxner Highway become bottlenecked at the two-lane bridge crossing Hollingworth Creek.

To alleviate the problem, the council has applied for two grants – one from the Federal Government, the other from the state government, to cover the $1,750,000 cost of the project.

According to a report to tonight’s meeting, the council has been successful with its Federal Government application, but now needs the state government to stump up the rest of the cash.

The Federal Government has agreed to provide $875,000 from the Bridges Renewal Program to build a bridge from Wilson Street north to Wilson Street south, across the creek.

But a funding request to the state government’s Fixing Country Roads program for the remaining amount was unsuccessful.

The council’s staff have estimated that the existing two lane bridge on the state-controlled Bruxner Highway carries 17,000 vehicles each day, including 1,790 heavy vehicles.

During peak hour in the morning and evening, inbound traffic is queued for almost a kilometre.

‘On the basis that during the peak hours 168 trucks are delayed by an average of 15 minutes during the morning and evening peaks and a heavy vehicle costs $120 per hour, the total cost of the delay is in the order of $10,000 per day or $2.6 million per year,’ the council report says.

‘Following discussions with local and regional freight and transport operators a new link road and creek crossing would provide an alternative route for freight heading north and east.

As a result of the state government rejection, the council must now decide whether to pursue the project or reject the Federal Government’s funding offer.

The council meets tonight to discuss the report.

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Its not the two-lane bridge crossing Hollingworth Creek that is causing the build up. Surely this must be obvious to blind man.

  2. This project should be top priority,
    Council = roads , rates and rubbish
    They sure collect the rates and in some conditions the rubbish, but the roads are a disgrace. There is a distinct need for a re-evaluation of some of the more hair brained schemes that the council are funding out of the millions collected in rates.
    Grants are fine, but with Lismore council rates at the very highest level in the state the council should be self sufficient. It seems that too much is wasted on high salaries and idiotic projects,such as the boat wreck in the main street.
    G”)

  3. Forget environmentally unsustainable road infrastructure promote rail. Can you imagine a Lismore without diesel spewing trucks running through its centre 24 hours a day? What a breath of fresh air!

  4. Lismore council charges amongst the highest rates for rural nsw and its infastructure management planning division has Lismore in the bottom 10% of the state for outcomes….get rid of half the management staff there that get shuffled from one position to the next to cover up their inadequacies….get rid of permanent positions all more senior positions should be by contract.
    No person at LCC should work in one department for many years and then become the head of that department its a recipe for corrupt practices and LCC is not immune.

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