BALLINA STREET BRIDGE UPGRADE NEARING COMPLETION
The NSW Government’s $5 million restoration of the Ballina Street Bridge in Lismore is almost finished, with work to repaint the structure’s upper trusses now complete.
Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George said the completion of this important milestone had allowed the project team to remove traffic restrictions on the bridge in time for the June long weekend.
“This important project has involved repainting the 210m long bridge, including the steel under the deck, approach spans, trusses and barriers.
“With the $5 million facelift almost complete, the bridge is now protected from corrosion and safety conditions are improved for motorists and pedestrians,” Mr George said.
“We thank motorists and pedestrians for the patience they have displayed during this essential work.
“This work will provide continued access for motorists to pass across the Wilson River and travel along this vital transport corridor on the Bruxner Highway.”
Mr George said work started on the 53-year-old bridge in November 2014 and involved repainting the entire structure.
“This upgrade will aid in preventing possible environmental impacts and ensure the structure is protected from corrosion.
“The project team will now carry out finishing work, including the remaining painting on the barriers and handrail, and repairs to the streetlights. The work is on track to be completed within the next month.
“Excluding the long weekend, traffic control will be in place each weekend until the project is complete.”