It’s been nearly six years and the subject of much controversy, but repairs to the collapsed Lighthouse Road walkway in Byron Bay are set to start as early as next month.
At last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting, a construction tender for the project was awarded to Civilteam Engineering.
The walkway collapsed in 2005 when a landslip closed one lane of the road.
Traffic lights have been used ever since to control traffic.
Byron Shire Mayor Cr Jan Barham said she welcomed the news.
“The long awaited project can now commence with design and environmental requirements approved, and the funding secured from the state government,” Mayor Barham said.
The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) formally advised council on February 2 this year of the funding approval.
The Lighthouse Road repair works include the construction of a reinforced soil slope, reconstruction of elevated boardwalk and site re-vegetation and restoration.
The work, which impacts on the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, has been approved by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service following council’s environmental assessment plan.
Council’s executive manager community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said at a cost $2.9 million (including GST), the awarded tender was significantly under the previous 2008 tender submission.
This is the second time council has gone out to tender for the Lighthouse Road slope stabilisation works.
In early 2008 only one tender was submitted for the reconstruction work.
Due to the high cost, the tender was not accepted as additional funding was not available from the RTA.
Mr Holloway said as a consequence an extensive geotechnical design review was completed.
“Our aim with the redesign was to reduce the construction cost and encourage a greater number of tenders. Both were achieved,” he said.
“It’s now onto the construction phase which we are anticipating will take six months, weather permitting.”
Byron Shire Council is providing an additional $200,000 for essential stormwater drainage improvement works.
Funding for the additional drainage works was not eligible under the Natural Disaster funding guidelines.
Lighthouse Road will remain open to single-lane traffic throughout the works, and roadwork delays are to be expected.
Pedestrian detours will also be in place to ensure a safe passage.
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