Teething problems: A high gutter in the Lismore CBD’s newly-upgraded Woodlark Street which is catching many drivers off-guard and hampering trucks trying to enter the street.
Teething problems: A high gutter in the Lismore CBD’s newly-upgraded Woodlark Street which is catching many drivers off-guard and hampering trucks trying to enter the street. Jay Cronan

$4.5m street upgrade needs changes

THE Lismore City Council has admitted it got parts of its $4.5 million upgrade of Woodlark Street, Lismore, wrong.

Since the ‘beautification’ work began, businesses and shoppers have complained about a lack of car spaces and the height of the garden beds, making it difficult to navigate Woodlark Street.

“There are still a few outstanding things that need to be fixed up,” the council’s director of infrastructure services, Garry Hemsworth, said.

One of those issues is the inability of garbage trucks to turn safely due to the high garden beds in Woodlark Street that are already chipped and marked by vehicles attempting to navigate the tight turn.

Mr Hemsworth said that before the street upgrade was completed ‘on schedule’ in July many of the problems the community had raised would be fixed.

He said the council would replace the garden bed wall with a mountable curb, sections of the footpath would be lifted and given a fresh coat of ‘paint’ and that bollards would also be installed.

Mr Hemsworth said the remedial work would be funded under the project’s current budget. The council borrowed $1 million for the upgrade, with the Federal Government kicking in $2.75 million.



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