MAJOR PROJECT STARTS TO REPAINT BALLINA STREET BRIDGE
The 51-year-old Ballina Street Bridge in Lismore is to undergo a $5 million makeover in the next 18 months to prevent corrosion and ensure it continues to serve the community.
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP said the project involves removing lead-based paint and repainting the entire length of the 8.5 metre wide bridge where the original steelwork has deteriorated due to age and exposure.
“This major investment in the Ballina Street Bridge will alleviate the need for more comprehensive and frequent maintenance,” Mr George said.
“The three stage project will be carried out by a team of up to eight painters with the first stage starting next Monday 17 November.
“The next stages will include repainting the steelwork on the bridge, including approach spans, trusses and barriers.
“The below deck area needs to be completed in small sections to allow for the quick removal of containment measures if a flood occurs.
“Containment structures will be in place to prevent any lead paint fragments removed during the restoration causing any damage to the environment. This will also ensure the safety of all workers and members of the community.”
Work will start on the eastern side of the bridge and progress west during the three stages.
“Stage one will focus on the area below the deck over Riverside Park, stage two over Taylor Street and the river, and stage three will address the truss above the bridge deck,” Mr George said.
“Road users are advised the work will cause some minor traffic changes, including some local road diversions and occasional access changes in the immediate area, including alternate pedestrian walkways.
“During stage three, the road will be narrowed and the speed limit lowered to 40km/h on Ballina Street, with some weekend lane closures.
“Boaters are advised temporary height restrictions for vessels will be in place under the bridge during the project and the alternate pedestrian walkways will also be temporarily closed.” The initial stages of the work will be carried out from 7am to 5pm on weekdays, with changes to work time likely for stage three including some weekend and night work.
Residents and road users will be kept informed of important changes to access and conditions around the bridge.
As part of the work, a site compound will be established in Taylor Street and Riverside Park to store materials and equipment.