Council workers guard O'Meara's Bridge on Binna Burra Road after a weight limit was imposed on the bridge last year. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Council workers guard O'Meara's Bridge on Binna Burra Road after a weight limit was imposed on the bridge last year. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Byron Shire bridge will remain closed for up to a year

O'MEARA'S Bridge on Binna Burra Road in Byron Shire will remain closed to all motor vehicles for up to a year after recent flooding which over topped the bridge.

Following the removal of the flood debris from the bridge piers, a certified bridge inspector has completed an assessment of the bridge.

Council's director of infrastructure services Phil Holloway said unfortunately the recommendation has been for a permanent closure of O'Meara's Bridge until the bridge is replaced.

"Council has purchased a modular steel bridge and we are now working towards installing this as quickly as possible.

"The foundation investigation drillings have been completed and we are now in the planning phase with design services next to be procured.

"The added challenge we face is upcoming weather with a suitable period of dry weather required to install the steel bridge," he said.

Mr Holloway cautioned that it could take up to a year once funding was secured, design completed, construction and installation services awarded.