A new $47 million Tabulam concrete bridge will replace a timber bridge that is more than a century old in NSW.
Work has also started to build temporary pontoons and walkways to enable the bridge piles and piers to be constructed in the river.
The bridge will have one lane in each direction and a separate footpath for improved pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Across the river, works are continuing on the construction of the western piers and completion of the Overflow Bridge substructure.
Lismore MP Thomas George said the bridge has been a long time coming and once it is completed in 2020 will change the way locals and freight operators do business.
“The 115-year-old timber bridge has served the community well, but it doesn’t meet current and predicted future demand,” Mr George said.
“I’m pleased to inspect progress on the new 290 metre crossing which will improve transport productivity between the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands.”