Work is expected to start soon on a $500,000 project to improve the Lismore to Bangalow Road near Howards Grass Road.

Country Labor Chair and Monaro MP, Steve Whan, said: “The work taking place will leave Lismore residents with a new and improved road surface on the 2.5 kilometre stretch east of Lismore.

Mr Whan said the area was prone to flooding, which caused the road to deteriorate. 

“This stretch of the Lismore-Bangalow Road is in very poor condition and consists of numerous pot holes,” he said.

“Because of flooding it’s been difficult to find ways of reducing future maintenance.

“So we’re undertaking a trial solution which will involve mixing fly ash, a waste material generated by power stations, in local gravel to improve performance.

“A similar trial near Maitland, where flooding is also an issue, was successful.

“Using the fly ash promotes recycling and reuse of waste materials, and minimises the need to use new materials.

“The project will involve removing the existing material, and using the fly ash and local gravel to rebuild the road and reinstate two travel lanes with sealed shoulders.

“I thank Lismore residents and all road users for their patience while we carry out this important work.”
 
Lismore City Council will carry out the work, with the project expected to be complete by the end of this month.