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The foundations of a long-awaited bridge across Hollingworth Creek in South Lismore are nearing completion.

The new bridge, which is part of a $2.45 million road project, will link Wilson Street to Wilson Street South, providing an alternative route to the South Lismore Industrial Estate and relieve traffic congestion on Union Street.

The bridge would also provide another evacuation route in the event of a flood.

Now that the installation of the 26 foundation pilings is almost complete – some up to 25 metres deep – work on the bridge abutments can begin.

Lismore City Council’s director of Infrastructure Services Gary Murphy said the bridge was on schedule to be finished by the end of the year.

‘This bridge is a big undertaking but our planning has been excellent and so far we are on schedule to have the bridge completed by the end of the year,’ Mr Murphy said.

‘The concrete foundations are without doubt the trickiest part of the operation and we are so pleased these will be finished next week and in place on time. We can all breathe a little easier now.’

Meanwhile, the council is waiting to hear whether a Roads and Maritime Service grant to improve pedestrian safety around the Lismore South Public School is successful.

Measures include chicanes at the front of the school to slow traffic and a formalised car parking area in Kyogle Street for student pick-up and drop-off.

‘We hope to hear in the next few months if our application is successful. We have our fingers crossed as this is a really high priority,’ Mr Murphy said.

‘Safety at Lismore South Public School has been at the forefront of our minds since before the project even began.

‘If this project can help improve safety at the school as well as provide an alternative route for motorists to the South Lismore Industrial Estate, then we have a win-win.’

The new bridge is funded with $700,000 from Lismore City Council and $875,000 from both the state and federal governments.

 

 

 

 


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