Oyster a little hard to open

By ADRIAN MILLER

MOTORISTS face ongoing delays driving to and from Yamba with the completion of the Oyster Channel Bridge redevelopment not due until the middle of next month.

According to a NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) spokesperson the completion date has been pushed back two weeks due to recent bad weather.

This means the bridge will be down to only one lane for the remainder of June.

The spokesperson said traffic lights would remain in place until the deck of the bridge was asphalted, which at the moment should be finished within three weeks.

L&A Couriers owner Ann Gibson said the delays caused by the work were frustrating, but acceptable.

"We've had it for so long now, another two weeks doesn't really make a difference," she said.

"It's just something that happens so you've got to take it. The way the bridge was before was shocking so if it (the delays) puts you at a bit of an inconvenience to have a much better bridge, in the long run it's better."

Bus companies contacted by The Daily Examiner echoed Mrs Gibson's sentiments.

They said while minor disruptions had been caused to timetables, the benefits of the new bridge would far outweigh any time lost during the construction.

Gary Whale, a strong campaigner for the new bridge, agreed.

"The main thing is we're getting it," he said.

"If it's a couple of weeks late, frankly I'm not bothered. The benefit to be gained ? it's a small price to pay."



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