DIGGING IN: Lismore?s Keen Street is being ripped up as part of a major beautification project.
DIGGING IN: Lismore?s Keen Street is being ripped up as part of a major beautification project.

Council takes big chunk out of street

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

ONE of Lismore's busiest stretches of road has been transformed into a massive man-made crater, all in the name of beauty.

The section of Keen Street, between Magellan and Woodlark streets, was closed to traffic this week as part of the Lismore City Council's beautification of the area.

In the past four days, council workers have removed 700 truckloads of the existing road pavement to rebuild the stretch from scratch.

City works group manager Bill Moorhouse said another 700 truckloads of new crushed rock would now be brought back to fill the huge hole.

The street is due to be reopened to traffic by Monday, January 17.

"We said it would take two weeks and it's all on track," Mr Moorhouse said.

"If there's no bad weather, it will be open and back in use by then."

The next stage of the work will include planting trees and introducing angle parking in the centre of the street.

The new design will mean a loss of 30 car parking spaces in the street, but a new 30-space car park was opened at the northern end of the street before Christmas to compensate for the changes.



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