$875,000 FOR NEW LINK TO IMPROVE FREIGHT ACCESS TO SOUTH LISMORE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced Lismore City Council has been awarded a $875,000 grant by the NSW Government to build the Wilson Street Bridge Link over Hollingworth Creek.
Mr George said the special purpose grant reflects the NSW Government’s commitment to improving heavy vehicle freight efficiencies in regional NSW.
“The South Lismore Industrial Estate is a key area generating heavy vehicle and freight movements through Lismore but is bisected by Hollingworth Creek,” Mr George said.
“The Bruxner Highway is the main connection however a significant pinch point exists where the highway is reduced from four lanes to two lanes at the Hollingworth Creek Bridge.
“Delays during peak travel times at this bottleneck are costing industry and impacting other road users.
“The Wilson Street Bridge Link would provide an alternative route for traffic accessing the South Lismore Industrial Estate and would include a new 200 metre road and 36 metre bridge.
“The route for heavy vehicles would be reduced by 850 metres and improve travel times. The project would also cater for future traffic demand as the industrial estate grows.
“The bridge would also be an important evacuation route during large flood events.”
Mr George said the Australian Government has also committed $875,000 funding to the project through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
“The NSW Government’s special purpose grant of $875,000 is conditional on Lismore City Council also contributing $700,000,” Mr George said.
“Council is progressing designs for the new bridge link and work is expected to start around the middle of next year, weather permitting.”