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The current state of repair works at O'Mearas Bridge. Photo Byron Shire Council.
The current state of repair works at O’Mearas Bridge. Photo Byron Shire Council.

Byron Shire Council says work on O’Mearas Bridge in Binna Burra Road has been temporarily halted after the repair team had to leave the site last Tuesday (August 30) to work on a rail bridge project.

Council said the other project, which involves stopping trains and is of critical timing, had been scheduled.

Federal residents have been without direct access to Lismore Road for some two months since the 1930s timber bridge was temporarily closed after floods in June.

A start on the repairs was also delayed due to rain.

But Council’s infrastructure services director, Phil Holloway said work on the bridge was ‘progressing well’ although the work scope had increased to include replacing four girders and two corbels (supports for girders) and load transfer packing at the top part of one pier.

‘The on-site repair team have in seven days dismantled a third of the superstructure and installed two girders and one corbel,’ he said.

‘The repair team will be back on site at O’Meara’s Bridge on Thursday 8 September and subject to weather and progress, anticipate completing the repairs Monday 12 September.’

‘Inspection of the works for certification of a load limit and signage installation is expected to lead to the bridge reopening by Friday 16 September,’ Mr Holloway said.


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