WILSON STREET BRIDGE COMPLETED ON TIME AND ON BUDGET
The opening today of the new $2.45 million Wilson Street Bridge will help to remove traffic congestion in Lismore with additional route for heavy freight vehicles to the South Lismore industrial estate.
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the new bridge over Hollingworth Creek was funded with $875,000 each from the Australian and NSW governments and $700,000 Lismore City Council.
“The completion of this bridge demonstrates how a three way partnership between governments at all levels delivers great results for the community,” Mr Gay said.
“The South Lismore Industrial Estate is an important economic driver for Lismore and the region and our investment in this project is proof the NSW Government is committed to delivering heavy vehicle freight efficiencies in regional NSW and keeping local streets for local communities. Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the new bridge is a step in the right direction to alleviating the bottleneck at Hollingworth Creek.
“The new bridge linking Wilson Street to Wilson Street South is 36 metres long, 13 metres wide, has a four metre clearance of Hollingworth Creek and includes 200 metres of new road,” Mr Hogan said.
Member for Lismore Thomas George said the estate generates heavy vehicle and freight movements through Lismore and the new bridge will make it easier for trucks, cars and shoppers
“This new bridge also caters for future traffic demand as the industrial estate grows and in even better news it will provide an important evacuation route during large flood events,” Mr George said.
“This has been a mammoth undertaking for our bridge crew and we are very proud of their efforts. Their hard work and tenacity has ensured the new bridge will be open just in time for Christmas. This is a great gift for all Lismore residents,” Lismore Mayor Issac Smith said.
Work on the bridge started in May this year with the road approaches expected to be completed by Christmas, weather permitting.