Lighthouse Rd work start closer
Five years down the track and after at least one false start, tenders to repair the collapsed section of Lighthouse Road at Byron Bay are expected to be called this month.
It follows Byron Council’s decision last week to accept the revised environmental approval for the works given by the Department of Environment Climate and Change and Water.
It was the final hurdle that had to be jumped before the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), which will fund the works, could issue a schedule of works for the job, which will allow tenders to be sought.
The council’s executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said the environmental documentation would be sent to the RTA ‘as soon as possible’.
Mr Holloway said he would be looking to advertise for tenders in mid to late October and hoped to have a recommendation to the council before Christmas.
He said the new design for the restoration of the road and the timber walkway was far more simple than the design which attracted only one tender two years ago and which was ultimately rejected by the council.
Work on the project, expected to cost somewhere around $5 million, hopefully will start in the first quarter of 2011 and will take three months to complete.
A section of Lighthouse Road and the adjacent timber walkway collapsed after a major storm event in June 2005.
Traffic using the remaining single lane has been controlled by lights since then.