New bridge causes phone failure

Goonellabah residents would have been happy that work had finally begun on the new Oliver Avenue bridge after the road was washed away in the May floods, but not so happy that the work knocked out the phones of about 400 houses.

According to Lismore Council's executive director of infrastructure services, Garry Hemsworth, work began driving in the first row of poles on Tuesday and they were aware that there was a Telstra cable approximately 13 metres underground.

“We brought someone from Telstra in with their specialised location equipment, so we took every precaution to miss it, but at about 5pm the last pylon broke the cable,” Mr Hemsworth said.

Most households were expected to have their service re-installed by Wednesday afternoon.

The new $1.3 million bridge is expected to be completed by early February.


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