21.2 C
Byron Shire
February 28, 2021

Heavy convoy to drive through Murwillumbah on Friday

Latest News

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

Other News

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Byrrill Creek Bridge near Uki was severely damaged during the 2017 flood event. Photo supplied.

Motorists in the Muwillumbah area are being alerted about a heavy convoy passing through on Friday.

The convoy will pass through Murwillumbah early in the morning carrying the large pre-stressed concrete beams that will support the deck of the new Byrrill Creek Bridge.

Local traffic will be stopped to let convoy pass through town to the Byrrill Creek bridge

The seven trucks will each carry one deck unit, that is 22.5 metres long and weighs 20.5 tonnes, from the manufacturing plant in Brisbane.

The convoy will park up on Tweed Valley Way between Condong and Quarry Road and be ready to roll at 6.45am. The first truck will be released to test the route and once it has negotiated the town and is safely on Kyogle Road, the next six trucks will be released in convoy.

Once through town, the vehicles will travel on to Kunghur where they will use Mebbin Drive to turn around and then travel eight kilometres back to Byrrill Creek Road. There, they will reverse into the construction site where a crane will lift each deck unit directly into place on the abutments of the new $4.35 million bridge.

It is expected the journey through town will take between 15 and 20 minutes and all trucks will be through before 7.30am.

A pilot vehicle will travel in front of the lead truck and another in front of the convoy to alert approaching motorists of the long loads following.

Local traffic will be stopped from entering the route via Tweed Valley Way, Wollumbin Street, Riverview Street and Kyogle Road while the convoy is passing. Motorists should expect short delays as the lead vehicle and then the convoy travel through town.

Motorists should also expect the vehicles to be on the wrong side of the road at times and to mount both roundabouts and median strips as they make their way through town. Any traffic signs in the way along the route will be removed before Friday and replaced after the trucks have passed.

Once on Kyogle Road, any motorist travelling south behind the convoy should expect a slower than normal journey and probably no opportunities to safely overtake the convoy of big trucks.

Stop / slow flagmen will be in place on Kyogle Road at Mebbin Drive and at Byrrill Creek Road to stop traffic while the trucks back in and turn around at Mebbin Drive and then back into site at Byrrill Creek Road.

Once the first truck is unloaded and has left the Byrrill Creek Road site, the second will back in while a third is released from Mebbin Drive.

‘A lot of planning goes on behind the scenes for an operation like this but, all going to plan and weather permitting, we expect all seven deck units to be in place by 11am,’ says Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney.

‘Motorists using Byrrill Creek Road are advised to use an alternate route if possible as there will be numerous delays of up to 20 minutes throughout the operation.’

The second delivery of deck units will occur around mid March.

The Byrrill Creek Bridge build is now the only job left of the original 1500 items in Tweed’s $25 million road flood recovery program following Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

The Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has provided $2.17 million under its Bridges Renewal Program towards the cost of the new bridge.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as their way of dealing with...

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep on keeping on. The last...

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo ‘Electorates miss out on bushfire...