Council projects are on schedule
MAJOR Lismore construction projects worth nearly $6 million are well under way and on schedule according to Lismore City Council.
Project engineer Dean Baldwin said pavement work was progressing well on the Woodlark Street beautification project and the road should be open to traffic by the end of January as planned.
He said extensive works on footpaths and drains would continue for a month or two after that.
Excavation work between Keen and Molesworth streets was finished last week allowing workers to proceed with the construction of a rock platform on the eastern end which will enable work to continue during wet weather.
The pedestrian crossing had been relocated and stormwater lines were now being installed throughout the project site.
Meanwhile, reconstruction of Oliver Avenue is also proceeding well and should be completed by mid-February according to the council’s executive director for infrastructure services Gary Hemsworth. It was initially expected the project would be complete by September 2009.
He said workmen were preparing to install the pre-stressed concrete girders next week and the completion date would be confirmed after the girders were in place.
The section was washed out during the May floods leaving a 13 metre-wide by seven metre deep hole in the road.
The project replaces the previous corrugated steel drain on the Tucki Tucki Creek crossing with a bridge.
Council is reviewing its use of the steel culverts following another failure at Tuntable Falls in the same floods.
The $4.5 million Woodlark Street beautification project was brought forward following a $2.75 million injection of Federal Government funds. Lismore City Council is contributing $1.75 million towards the project.
The project is part of the CBD upgrade already completed in Magellan and Molesworth streets leaving only Keen Street to finalise the main city block upgrade. The concept promises wider footpaths, more shade trees, but less parking.