Concerned resident Bija Nicolson would like to see Byron Shire deal with the O'Mearas Bridge which has had a weight limit placed on it. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Concerned resident Bija Nicolson would like to see Byron Shire deal with the O'Mearas Bridge which has had a weight limit placed on it. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Defence to the rescue for Byron’s ageing bridges

THE Australian Defence Force could prove crucial when it comes to Byron Bay Council replacing its dilapidated road bridges.

The council has purchased two former ADF bridges and is recommending they replace James and O'Meara's bridges.

James Bridge is on Booyong Road and O'Meara's is on Binna Burra Road.

Both have road limits in place and according to a report to be presented to council today those two bridges, along with Parkes Bridge, are at risk of closing within five years unless work is carried out.

A further 15 bridges could become problematic in the future unless work is carried out.

The council has purchased two former ADF bridges and it could source more.

It has earmarked a 25m bridge to replace the current James Bridge and a 35m bridge to replace O'Meara's, which is known locally as the "rickety bridge".

One of the other options to be considered is simply closing some of the bridges if there is an alternative route in place.



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