WORKS to transform the former site of Wagga's historic Hampden Bridge will continue in the New Year with the city council aiming to complete the project by April's end.
The Hampden Bridge Legacy Project is using salvaged sections of the bridge, demolished in 2014, to transform the site into a community space.
A council statement said progress has been made at the prominent site along Fitzmaurice Street, including the refurbishment of existing community artwork.
These include Arthur Wicks' iconic propeller and the installation of a gas lantern restored by Wagga's Rodney Donkin.
Mr Donkin, who has expertise in restoring copper lanterns, said he had been up there a few times since it was installed.
"I think it looks really good," Mr Donkin said.
"When it's all finished it's going to be another great area for Wagga."
The project will include the renovation of Pier 3, located on the northern side of the Murrumbidgee River, along with the refurbishment of Abutment A and the existing amphitheatre seating.
Council will also construct four interpretative signs at the site and install an etched-glass panel recreating the structure of the Hampden Bridge.
Henry Pavitt, the council's manager of parks and strategic operations, said they were currently completing the new irrigation to get some water on the banks and prepare the area for landscaping in early 2020.
"I'd expect we will complete hardscaping, including the construction of granite pathways, around February," Mr Pavitt said.
The project was initially slated for completion in November this year, but Mr Pavitt said the weather had impacted its progress.
"Due to the weather we've been having, and the heat that has been predicted for over summer, it's not possible to start planting until closer to autumn ... the weather would make it too difficult for the plants to establish," he said.
Between 300 to 400 plants will be added to the area to create an appealing space for visitors and locals alike.
When the bridge was removed in August 2014, many residents approved of the decision due to the new cash savings to flow on to the council.
Others were disheartened to see the formative feature of their childhood disappear.
The project is joint funded by an $81,000 Office of Environment and Heritage grant and a $86,000 contribution from council.