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Rain holds up bypass bridge

A concrete girder is lowered into position on the Kays Lane overpassat the Russelton Industrial Estate on Friday as part of the Alstonville bypass project.
A concrete girder is lowered into position on the Kays Lane overpassat the Russelton Industrial Estate on Friday as part of the Alstonville bypass project. Cathy Adams

CONSTRUCTION of the Kays Lane bridge on the Alstonville bypass has been rescheduled for this week, weather permitting, after it was delayed by rain last week.

Wet weather has slowed drainage and concrete piling construction, as well as prevented heavy lifting equipment from getting in.

The overpass is made up of three high-tensile girders – two smaller outside spans and a larger centre span – which builders hope to install by crane this week.

According to the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, there should be only minimal disruption to traffic while the smaller spans are installed.

But for safety reasons, traffic entering the industrialestate will be diverted to an unsealed side track for two days during the installation of the major centre span.

Work will be carried out before and after peak time to minimise delays. B-double trucks are advised not to use the diversion road during this phase of the project. Truck companies can call 1800 074 588 for updates.

Meanwhile, a Country Energy upgrade to the underground power network in Lismore’s CBD will see some delays and disruptions for cars and pedestrians in Molesworth Street for the next four to five weeks.

The $675,000 upgrade will take place on the western side of Molesworth Street, between the Transit Centre and Club Lane, and to the rear of businesses between Club Lane and Magellan Street. The work will see the old copper cables replaced to improve power capacity and reliability in the CBD.

Country Energy regional manager Richard Wake said a reconfiguration of the network would avoid any interruptions to power supplies during the project.

Country Energy is currently undertaking $99 million worth of upgrades on the Far North Coast.

A high-voltage underground cable project at Three Chain Road in Lismore’sindustrial estate was commenced recently, though Mr Wake said there would be minimal disruptions to traffic.

Powerlines and transformers supplying Southern Cross University were also replaced recently. The entire campus was powered by generators during the work.



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