$2.4 million bridge will ease Lismore traffic
LISMORE'S new $2.45 million Wilson Street Bridge has been officially opened, and should help ease traffic congestion.
Page MP Kevin Hogan said the bridge provided a much-needed additional route for heavy freight vehicles to the South Lismore industrial estate.
"This is great news for our community and anyone who regularly has to tackle the bottleneck at Hollingworth Creek coming into Lismore from Casino,” he said.
The Federal Government committed $875,000 to kick start the project with the State Government providing a similar amount and Lismore City Council making up the remaining $700,000.
At 36m long and 13m wide, the new bridge has a 4m clearance of Hollingworth Creek and includes 200m of new road.
Work on the bridge started in May this year with the road approaches expected to be completed by Christmas.
Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay was on hand for the official opening yesterday, and said the project demonstrated how a three-way partnership between governments at all levels could deliver "great results” for the community.
"The South Lismore Industrial Estate is an important economic driver for Lismore and the region and our investment in this project is proof the NSW Government is committed to delivering heavy vehicle freight efficiencies in regional NSW and keeping local streets for local communities,” he said.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said the new bridge will make it easier for trucks, cars and shoppers.
"This new bridge also caters for future traffic demand as the industrial estate grows and in even better news it will provide an important evacuation route during large flood events,” he said.
Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said the new bridge had been a "mammoth undertaking”.
"Their hard work and tenacity has ensured the new bridge will be open just in time for Christmas. This is a great gift for all Lismore residents,” he said.