Port Lincoln businesses happy with new bridge

Port Lincoln businesses affected by the closure of the London Street bridge have praised the work done on the completed bridge and are looking forward to business returning to normal.

The bridge reopened to all traffic on Wednesday after it was closed in for about six months.

The Port Lincoln City Council has constructed a new bridge in a $4 million redevelopment, equally funded between council and the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

Businesses on London Street have praised the works and are glad to see the bridge once again open to traffic.

Port Lincoln YHA owner/manager Debi Forster the completed bridge was great for Port Lincoln.

She said business was “quiet” during the closure but some people were able to travel through the back streets to the hostel.

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“Most of them yes (had no problem) because they used Google Maps, a few of the older people that we had stay found it a little bit hard,” she said.

“Ten out of ten for what the council’s done and all the people that have worked on the bridge … I can’t wait to walk my granddaughter across that bridge.”

Next door at Beer Garden Brewing, the business was open Friday to Sunday during the closure but will now once again operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Owner Mark Butterworth said while they had no benchmark to compare with for winter trade there did appear to be a dip in trade during the closure.

He said it was great to have the bridge back in time for summer.

“Hopefully people who avoided this way because the bridge was shut will come this way and see what we’ve done,” he said.

“We’re glad to see they’ve hit their target of opening before summer.”

Port Lincoln Tourist Park experienced issues during the closure with guests getting lost along the way.

Park supervisor Jo Ziersch said all guests were “excited” about the bridge and despite the confusion caused by the closure the final result was worth it.

Fran Figliomeni from Harvey, Western Australia arrived just before the bridge opened on Wednesday and said he would have an easier time finding the park when he visits again next year.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey will open the bridge at the Railway Place and London Street bridge intersection on November 20.