350 road flood jobs done, 1200 to go
Mt Warning Road has been made safe following the March 30 floods and will reopen to all motorists on Monday (29 May 2017) under stop/go traffic control.
The National Park will reopen from Monday as well.
Flood repair works on the road will continue for some time yet as only the critical safety repairs have been completed to date. At some time, the road may need to be closed again as additional repair work is scheduled.
Motorists are advised to watch for traffic controllers on Mt Warning Road and other Tweed roads as flood repair works continue. In particular, they are urged to take extra caution even after light rain as many roadside environs are still saturated and prone to slippage and rock falls in the wet.
“The road you travel on today may not be the same road tomorrow,” said Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney. “Please expect the unexpected, especially after rain.”
Council’s road network sustained considerable damage in the floods, with more than 1500 individual road and bridge defects identified. To date, Council staff and contractors have completed around 350 of the simpler and most urgent repairs.
Council is engaging more contractors to help continue the flood restoration works as Council staff must begin to return to Council’s normal program of construction works.
“Realistically, it will be 12 months before we have most of the damage fixed,” said Mr Mackney. “Some more complicated or lower-priority jobs may take up to three years before they can be scheduled and completed.
“We ask Tweed motorists to be patient as we work through this significant list.”
Repairs are prioritised based on a number of factors, including safety.
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