LONG WAY: Visiting neighbours has become an 11km detour for local residents Betty and Ron Hutchinson.
LONG WAY: Visiting neighbours has become an 11km detour for local residents Betty and Ron Hutchinson.

Struggling to bridge the gap

POSSUM Creek residents say the loss of their bridge has made the act of getting from A to B a nightmare. The Possum Creek Bridge was closed to traffic last month due to safety concerns, effectively cutting the community in half. The bridge and its footings, built in the mid-1940s, shifted and cracked after rainfall scoured the embankment on one side of the creek. Possum Creek residents Ron and Betty Hutchinson said visiting their neighbours, on the other side of the bridge, had become an 11 kilometre detour. "We're worried about our access to emergency services. What if there was a fire and the truck came up on the wrong side of the bridge?" Mr Hutchinson said. The Hutchinsons, like many Possum Creek residents, feel they've been left in the dark over the bridge's future. They want answers such as if the bridge will be replaced, and whether it will take months, or years. One resident, Greg Clarke, had for two years been planning to build a restaurant/art galley at the Old Possum Creek School Site. Now his future is uncertain. The loss of the bridge means his proposed business can no longer be accessed from the nearby highway. "We expected a traffic flow from the Bangalow area using that road," he said. Byron Shire Council is investigating the cost of constructing a new bridge.



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