Thursday 13 April, 2017
Tweed roads open but many hazards demand extreme care
All Tweed Shire Council roads bar two are trafficable and all communities have access in and out of their properties.
Council has successfully negotiated to push a temporary track through private property to restore access around the catastrophic failure of Manns Road at Rowlands Creek. This work will start after Easter. Investigations are continuing in how to repair Lone Pine Road at Doon Doon, where one property is isolated.
Council will install temporary traffic lights on Clothiers Creek Road to improve safety at the one-lane section skirting a major landslip.
Council advises that while Mount Warning Road is trafficable as far as the National Parks gate and businesses there are open, the summit track is closed to visitors as repairs to scours and slip damage are being undertaken. Road repairs will continue on Mount Warning Road over the next month as Council works to restore this important tourist destination in sync with the National Parks and Wildlife Service restoring the walking track.
At the request of National Parks, traffic controllers will be mobilised to Mount Warning Road to stop pedestrians walking through the roadwork sites to get into the National Park.
Council is continuing to retrieve materials from the washed-away Byrrill Creek bridge to rebuild a temporary one-lane timber bridge on the same alignment to restore more direct access for this community while assessing options for a permanent replacement bridge.
The temporary bridge will take at least one month to build so residents are advised that they will have to continue travelling via Tyalgum, or Cadell and Kyogle roads until then.
While roads are now trafficable, many are not in good condition and motorists should drive expecting multiple hazards.
Not only are some of the landslips still moving but road edges are soft and temporary patching of road scours and potholes may deteriorate quickly. Council expects it will take several weeks to clear topside slips.
Motorists also are advised to expect gravel and stone deposits on roads and to avoid hitting this type of debris at speed.
Over the past two weeks, Council has worked beyond its normal road maintenance limits to clear property access routes through road reserves. However, it cannot clear access routes on private property and owners are advised to contact the Recovery Centre by telephoning 6670 2133 for advice on what options they may have.
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Council urges patience for those affected by road closures
Lismore City Council is urging patience from rural residents as some of the major road closures caused by the recent natural disaster could take months to repair. All residents will have emergency services access by the end of today (Thursday 13th) and be able to reach Lismore, however, for some this means a much longer trip than usual.
Council is now compiling detailed damage assessments for a disaster relief application to the Commonwealth-State National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Rough estimates suggest the total damage bill from the flood could be well over $40 million.
Once assessments are finalised in the next three weeks, the NSW Government will need to assess Council’s claim and undertake geotechnical reports before disaster relief funding can be issued. This is not a process Council can speed up, except to ensure that Lismore’s claim is submitted to the NSW Government soon as possible so the natural disaster funding process can get underway.
“We understand for some residents this seems like a long time, but disaster recovery is a lengthy and complicated process, and the work must be done right,” Mayor Isaac Smith said. “Some of the landslips we are dealing with are quite serious, and are also very expensive to repair. We are relying on disaster relief in order to complete these works.”
Council is now in the process of restarting its regular roadworks program, which Mayor Isaac Smith says is good news for local ratepayers. “Council’s own resources used during ‘normal’ work hours aren’t eligible to be covered under the natural disaster funding,” he explained. “Using our crews on the regular roadworks schedule and contracting out the flood repairs gives ratepayers the best bang for their buck. Council acknowledges this will be frustrating for some ratepayers, but is ultimately the best outcome for the Lismore Local Government Area.”
Roads still subject to closure are:
- Boatharbour Road (culvert collapse).
- Cawongla Road (landslip).
- Keerrong Road (landslip).
- Koonorigan Road (landslip).
- Oakey Creek Road (culvert washed away).
- Suffolk Road off Blue Knob Road (culvert washed way – repairs currently taking place).
Lismore City Council acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we work.