DIGGING DEEP: Lismore City Council begins road works at Oliver Avenue in Goonellabah yesterday, five months after it was washed away by floods.
DIGGING DEEP: Lismore City Council begins road works at Oliver Avenue in Goonellabah yesterday, five months after it was washed away by floods. JAY CRONAN

Oliver Avenue to be repaired

TO the great delight of residents and businesses trapped on the 'wrong end' of Oliver Avenue in Goonellabah, council workers yesterday started repairing the section of the once-busy road washed away during the May floods.

“It was a great relief to see work finally starting,” Lismore Workers Sports Club manager Matt Wilson said.

“We will follow it with great interest to see how quickly it is finished.”

Last month businesses on the eastern side of the Oliver Avenue washout said the collapse had already cost them more than $20,000.

Preliminary work started yesterday to prepare for the construction of a $1.3 million precast concrete bridge - chosen for its ability to withstand future floods with a life expectancy of 100 years.

Lismore council urban works engineer Dean Baldwin said workers would take about four days to prepare the site so a piling rig could operate on it.

Workers are also moving the overhead powerlines.

He said the power supply to only one house would be affected as Country Energy was re-routing electricity. The utility has made alternative arrangements for that householder.

Mr Baldwin said that at this stage workers would widen and flatten the area, allowing the rig to later safely drive piles in the ground.

The piles will eventually support a ground decking that will act as the base of the bridge.

Mr Baldwin said re-inforced concrete piles for the bridge had been ordered and were expected to be delivered by next week, with the bridge completed by mid-February.

ARE YOU HAPPY THAT WORK HAS STARTED? Phone 6624 3266 or SMS 0428 264 948


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