Flood Restoration - Roads & Bridges

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You will find all the latest repair works for Flood Recovery - Roads and Bridges. All current works that have updates are categorised by project name. If viewing via a smartphone, you can find the 'Projects by Name' at the bottom of this page.


Why was this page designed?

Since the February 2022 natural disaster, we have had an extended period of wet weather, which has significantly affected our road network. It rained three out of four days between November 2021 and April 2022.

This resulted in 90% of our 1200km road network suffering extensive damage, with an estimated $200 million to rebuild and repair. Significant damage also occurred to many bridges, causeways, reinforced concrete pipes, reinforced concrete box culverts and footpaths across our road network. Some key access roads have been reduced to single lanes due to landslips.

Immediately after flood waters receded, our road crews conducted emergency repairs on more than 80 roads to allow access for residents. Several construction crews worked extended hours to ensure damaged roads were reopened/made safe as soon as possible. As the repairs progress, we will provide more detailed updates on the specific flood-related damage to our road network and information on how you can report damaged roads to Council.

Assessments are underway at the larger and more complex damaged sites. There are specific engineering tasks in some areas which are necessary and will take time. Some sites may see temporary measures such as side-track access, temporary pothole repair and gravel roads before permanent construction works at these locations commence. Planning will continue to ensure works are undertaken as quickly as possible. Priorities are based on public safety with consideration of further damage, maintaining access and links between communities, hierarchy of roads and efficiency of results.


What process does Council have to go through when we have a 'disaster event'?

When we experience a natural disaster such as a flood event, which causes significant damage to our infrastructure, there are a number of steps that Council has to go through, like an insurance claim process. Council identifies, assesses and then makes a claim for the damage from the appropriate funding body. As we do not have the money to pay for these kind of extraordinary events from our day to day budgets. There are strict rules regarding documentation.

There are multiple steps in this process including design investigation, final design, approval, scheduling of work crews and/or engagement of contractors so there can be a long lag time from the actual event to the rectification works being started and completed. The table below shows further details and indicative timings for the steps in this process: (All timings are subject to weather, contractor and material availability)


Major Flood Recovery Works Map

Flood restoration works are critical to repairing damages caused by previous natural disasters and getting life back on track. However, these works can be complex, especially when dealing with large-scale disasters like the February 2022 event. At Lismore City Council, we understand the challenges that come with flood restoration works and are proud to launch this interactive map focusing on major flood recovery works within the Lismore LGA to assist the community with finding efficient, up-to-date information. Please note, timeframes are subject to change in the next few months as the project delivery strategy evolves.

Click here to view the interactive map.

Disclaimer: This tool has been provided by Lismore City Council to provide up to date information on the status of the flood damaged Council assets. The identified locations are the projects considered for EPAR funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth under the DRFA guidelines. The information provided on this tool is general in nature and subject to change based on final design calculations, funding approvals, and changing site circumstances. This data is frequently updated to provide the community with the latest information. When contacting Council, please reference the location damage number.


Further Information

  1. Report a road hazard or pothole
  2. Information on current delays, accidents and road closures in the Northern Rivers
  3. Register your details to receive flood restoration updates for specific roads via our notification list

You will find all the latest repair works for Flood Recovery - Roads and Bridges. All current works that have updates are categorised by project name. If viewing via a smartphone, you can find the 'Projects by Name' at the bottom of this page.


Why was this page designed?

Since the February 2022 natural disaster, we have had an extended period of wet weather, which has significantly affected our road network. It rained three out of four days between November 2021 and April 2022.

This resulted in 90% of our 1200km road network suffering extensive damage, with an estimated $200 million to rebuild and repair. Significant damage also occurred to many bridges, causeways, reinforced concrete pipes, reinforced concrete box culverts and footpaths across our road network. Some key access roads have been reduced to single lanes due to landslips.

Immediately after flood waters receded, our road crews conducted emergency repairs on more than 80 roads to allow access for residents. Several construction crews worked extended hours to ensure damaged roads were reopened/made safe as soon as possible. As the repairs progress, we will provide more detailed updates on the specific flood-related damage to our road network and information on how you can report damaged roads to Council.

Assessments are underway at the larger and more complex damaged sites. There are specific engineering tasks in some areas which are necessary and will take time. Some sites may see temporary measures such as side-track access, temporary pothole repair and gravel roads before permanent construction works at these locations commence. Planning will continue to ensure works are undertaken as quickly as possible. Priorities are based on public safety with consideration of further damage, maintaining access and links between communities, hierarchy of roads and efficiency of results.


What process does Council have to go through when we have a 'disaster event'?

When we experience a natural disaster such as a flood event, which causes significant damage to our infrastructure, there are a number of steps that Council has to go through, like an insurance claim process. Council identifies, assesses and then makes a claim for the damage from the appropriate funding body. As we do not have the money to pay for these kind of extraordinary events from our day to day budgets. There are strict rules regarding documentation.

There are multiple steps in this process including design investigation, final design, approval, scheduling of work crews and/or engagement of contractors so there can be a long lag time from the actual event to the rectification works being started and completed. The table below shows further details and indicative timings for the steps in this process: (All timings are subject to weather, contractor and material availability)


Major Flood Recovery Works Map

Flood restoration works are critical to repairing damages caused by previous natural disasters and getting life back on track. However, these works can be complex, especially when dealing with large-scale disasters like the February 2022 event. At Lismore City Council, we understand the challenges that come with flood restoration works and are proud to launch this interactive map focusing on major flood recovery works within the Lismore LGA to assist the community with finding efficient, up-to-date information. Please note, timeframes are subject to change in the next few months as the project delivery strategy evolves.

Click here to view the interactive map.

Disclaimer: This tool has been provided by Lismore City Council to provide up to date information on the status of the flood damaged Council assets. The identified locations are the projects considered for EPAR funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth under the DRFA guidelines. The information provided on this tool is general in nature and subject to change based on final design calculations, funding approvals, and changing site circumstances. This data is frequently updated to provide the community with the latest information. When contacting Council, please reference the location damage number.


Further Information

  1. Report a road hazard or pothole
  2. Information on current delays, accidents and road closures in the Northern Rivers
  3. Register your details to receive flood restoration updates for specific roads via our notification list
  • Uralba and Bent Street Closure (25th Nov 2022)

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    Council wishes to advise that maintenance works to improve road surface conditions and associated road user safety, are being carried out on Uralba Street and Bent Street. These works are scheduled to take place on a small section of these streets on Friday, 25 November 2022 from 5am to 12midday. The Lismore Baptist Church car park will be inaccessible during this time. Please see map below.

    What are the works?

    Works include improving road surface conditions by removing areas of existing pavement and replacing with an asphalt layer. Further works for urban streets are being reviewed. Updates will be shared as schedule of works is confirmed.

    What are the traffic adjustments?

    Sections of Uralba Street will be closed from the Uralba Street and Rotary Drive intersection. Bent Street will be closed from Uralba Street to approximately 28 Bent Street.

    Traffic control will be in place at the road closure check points to assist motorists. Please note access will be maintained for residents.

    What do I need to do?

    Please commute through the job site at low speed, obey traffic control instructions and drive carefully. Detours will be in place as the works may require short term full road closure.

    Who should I contact with questions/concerns?

    We apologise in advance for disruptions you may experience while we carry out these essential works. We would appreciate your cooperation with all traffic control and workplace protection measures to help keep everyone safe. If you have any concerns, please phone 6625 0500 (24-hour service) or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au

  • Whian Whian Road - Simes Bridge Update (Nov 2022)

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    Simes Bridge on Whian Whian Road will be limited to one-lane access from late November 2022. Roadside signage of the change will be in place to notify road users of the change in traffic conditions.

    The northern abutment of the bridge was impacted during the February 2022 natural disaster. Temporary works were carried out to restore access, however further monitoring is now required for potential permanent remediation.

    Council will be completing survey and geotechnical investigations as part of this monitoring in early 2023. The one-lane access will remain in place to ensure safety for road users until potential scope of works for permanent repairs is finalised. No impact to the Whian Whian Falls access is expected during the works.

    Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements have been secured to complete this monitoring. This funding is allocated to address damage sustained during the February 2022 natural disaster only. Additional works required and subsequent funding are being reviewed.

    What do the works involve?

    • Closure of one-lane of traffic on Simes Bridge, Whian Whian Road, under a give-way arrangement.
    • Detailed site survey and survey of the bridge substructure. Minimal impact to traffic is expected during the survey works. The survey will be undertaken during the one-lane closure period.
    • Geotechnical investigations involving standard penetration test (SPT) testing at the northern bridge abutment. Minimal impact to traffic is expected during the investigations. The testing will occur within the closed lane.

    Road users are advised to follow signage and expect minor delays as these works are completed.

    Further Information

    Should you wish to contact us directly with any questions or comments, or register your contact details to receive updates, please call (02) 6625 0500 or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Simes Bridge, Whian Whian Road – Flood Restoration Works.’

  • Clunes Pedestrian Refuge

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    Council has received funding to undertake traffic and pedestrian safety facilities in Main Street, Clunes.

    These road safety works are funded under a grant from the Road Safety Program, School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program 2021/22 Safer Roads Program administered by Transport for NSW. This program provides road safety treatments where there are clusters of casualty crashes.

    What do the works involve?

    The works will primarily affect the vicinity of the Clunes General Store and surrounding area.

    The Grant funding has been provided to:

    1. Install Pedestrian Refuge in Main Street, Clunes including kerb blisters on both sides of the road. This is to provide pedestrians a safer travel across Main Street and provide a centre refuge to wait.
    2. Install kerb blisters on both sides of Main Street including pram ramps to provide improved sight distance of pedestrians and easier access from the footpath.
    3. Enhance signage and pavement markings to alert drivers of the approaching pedestrian refuge.

    Why do the works?

    This section of Main Street Clunes has recorded several accidents over recent years, including pedestrian injuries. There has been one recorded accident between the years 2013-2018, which included pedestrian injury. Additionally, there have been four recorded accidents from 2000-2018 including one serious injury.

    A Road Safety Audit of the area was undertaken by qualified consultants to identify potential hazards or risks to the travelling public or pedestrian movements within the precinct, which highlighted determined safety issues with pedestrians crossing Main Street as a High-Risk Level.

    The approved grant nomination was based on these findings.

    When are the works to start?

    Planned construction works are scheduled to start Monday 16 January 2023. Updates will be shared via Your Say – Maintaining Our Roads and Bridges page. Roadside signage will be in place to notify road users and pedestrians of the work zones.

    On Street Parking Review

    In completing these works to improve the safety of pedestrians, two on street parking spaces will be removed to allow for the installation of pedestrian kerb blisters. An extension of the parking bays adjacent to Clunes Store is being reviewed, and subject to funding to provide an additional 10 parking spaces.

    Feedback

    Please send any feedback about the road safety works and on street parking to PO Box 23A, Lismore NSW 2480 or via email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au. Please include the title ‘Clunes Safer Roads Project’. Feedback will be received until Friday 2 December 2022.

    Please note that all feedback/ submissions, including any personal information contained therein, will become publicly available documents, in accordance with the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, 2009. Further information about making a submission is attached to this notice.


  • Wilson Street Closure

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    Council wishes to advise that maintenance works to improve road surface conditions and associated road user safety, are being carried out on Wilson Street. These works are scheduled to take place on sections of Wilson Street on Friday,18 November 2022 from 5pm to 1am.

    What are the works?

    Works include improving road surface conditions by removing areas of existing pavement and replacing with an asphalt layer. Further works for urban streets are being reviewed. Updates will be shared as schedule of works is confirmed.

    What are the traffic adjustments?

    Sections of Wilson Street will be closed between Nimbin Road and Charles Street while the works take place.

    Traffic control will be in place at the road closure check points to assist motorists. Please note access will be maintained for residents.

    What do I need to do?

    Please commute through the job site at low speed, obey traffic control instructions and drive carefully. Detours will be in place as the works may require short term full road closure.

    Who should I contact with questions/concerns?

    We apologise in advance for disruptions you may experience while we carry out these essential works. We would appreciate your cooperation with all traffic control and workplace protection measures to help keep everyone safe. If you have any concerns, please phone 6625 0500 (24-hour service) or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au

  • Rock Valley/Cawongla Road – Temporary Flood Restoration Works

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    Council will be completing temporary patching works to improve road surface conditions for Rock Valley and Cawongla Road during November and December 2022. These works are a temporary measure, until permanent pavement rehabilitation works are scheduled.

    Works will apply to seven sections of Rock Valley and Cawongla Road that have been identified as significantly impacted by the February 2022 natural disaster, based on pre and post disaster assessments. Funding has been secured through Transport for NSW. This funding is allocated to repair damage sustained during the February 2022 natural disaster only. Additional works required and subsequent funding for Rock Valley and Cawongla Road are being reviewed.

    The temporary works are expected to start mid November 2022 – end of December 2022 subject to weather, contractor, and material availability. Single lane traffic control will be in place during the works period.

    These temporary works will involve removing damaged road sections and replacing with gravel road base, with an emulsion sacrificial seal.

    Future pavement repair works, expected to be carried out in mid-2023 will include:

    • Road surface: Improve the surface of the road in places.
    • Signs and line marking: Line marking and guideposts.
    • Vegetation management: Manage roadside vegetation to remove obstacles, improve sight distances, and clearances for signage.
    • Drainage maintenance: Re-excavate open drains and remove flood sediment as required. Minor drainage works will be completed prior to pavement works commencing.
    • Driveway adjustment: Adjust access to driveways affected by the wider road footprint as required.

    Road users are advised to follow signage and expect delays as these works are completed.

    Further Information

    Should you wish to contact us directly with any questions or comments, or register your contact details to receive updates, please call (02) 6625 0500 or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Rock Valley/Cawongla Road – Temporary Patching Works.’


  • Sexton Bridge Open to Traffic

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    The construction of the new Sexton Bridge is now complete and will be open to traffic from 4pm today.
    All temporary traffic control measures that were in place during its construction will be removed.
    We would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during the construction of this project.


  • Jiggi Road - Flood Restoration Works Update

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    Council will be completing works to improve road conditions and associated safety for Jiggi Road during November 2022 and February 2023, subject to weather, contractor, and material availability.

    These works were scheduled and started earlier this year, however delayed due to weather. Scope of works have been reviewed to ensure damages due to heavy rainfall are remediated. Single lane traffic control will be in place during the works period.

    Works will apply to six sections of Jiggi Road only, that have been identified as significantly impacted by the February 2022 natural disaster, based on pre and post disaster assessments. Funding has been secured through Transport for NSW and is allocated to repair damage sustained during the February 2022 natural disaster only. Additional works required and subsequent funding for Jiggi Road are being reviewed.

    A map of the allocated sections is attached below. Please note, only temporary works will be completed for Patch 5 at this time. Due to the scope of works required, this section is scheduled for reconstruction at a later date.

    What do the roadworks involve?

    • Road surface: Improve the surface of the road in specified sections.
    • Signs and line marking: Line marking and guideposts.
    • Vegetation management: Manage roadside vegetation to remove obstacles, improve sight distances, and clearances for signage.
    • Drainage maintenance: Re-excavate open drains and remove flood sediment as required. Minor drainage works will be completed prior to pavement works commencing.
    • Driveway adjustment: Adjust access to driveways affected by the wider road footprint as required.

    Road users are advised to follow signage and expect delays as these works are completed.

    Further Information

    Should you wish to contact us directly with any questions or comments, or register your contact details to receive updates, please call (02) 6625 0500 or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Jiggi Road – Flood Restoration Works.’

  • Tatham Road - Temporary Flood Restoration Works

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    Council will be completing temporary patching works to improve road surface conditions for Tatham Road during November and December 2022. These works are a temporary measure, until permanent pavement rehabilitation works are scheduled.

    Works will apply only to five sections of Tatham Road that have been identified as significantly impacted by the February 2022 natural disaster, based on pre and post disaster assessments. Funding has been secured through Transport for NSW. This funding is allocated to repair damage sustained during the February 2022 natural disaster only. Additional works required and subsequent funding for Tatham Road are being reviewed.

    The temporary works are expected to start mid November 2022 – end of December 2022 subject to weather, contractor, and material availability. Single lane traffic control will be in place during the works period.

    These temporary works will involve removing damaged road sections and replacing with gravel road base, with an emulsion sacrificial seal.

    Future pavement repair works, expected to be carried out in mid-2023 will include:

    • Road surface: Improve the surface of the road in places.
    • Signs and line marking: Line marking and guideposts.
    • Vegetation management: Manage roadside vegetation to remove obstacles, improve sight distances, and clearances for signage.
    • Drainage maintenance: Re-excavate open drains and remove flood sediment as required. Minor drainage works will be completed prior to pavement works commencing.
    • Driveway adjustment: Adjust access to driveways affected by the wider road footprint as required.

    Road users are advised to follow signage and expect delays as these works are completed.

    Further Information

    Should you wish to contact us directly with any questions or comments, or register your contact details to receive updates, please call (02) 6625 0500 or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Tatham Road – Temporary Patching Works.’

  • Tuntable Creek Road - Flood Recovery Update November 2022

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    Tuntable Creek Road experienced significant damage during the February 2022 natural disaster. Due to the nature and high number of damages incurred, works are being finalised on how best to provide timely improvements for the community and road users.

    Road surface conditions

    Pavement repairs have been approved for funding to address the road surface conditions. These works are currently being scheduled for the entire sealed road damage package. Unfortunately, this is taking longer than expected due to constraints on resources and the prolonged period of wet weather. Dates of these works will be released shortly, with temporary measures such as gravel fill being implemented to assist road users in the interim.

    Road closure – between Rose Road and Beardow Road

    The road closure is a result of approximately 280m of road alignment between Rose Road and Beardow Road being affected by considerable damage. The road in its current condition presents two significant landslip damage locations.

    To date Lismore City Council have completed geotechnical investigations of the sites and undertaken initial design option analysis. GHD have been appointed as the Lismore City Council Road and Bridge Recovery Design Partner, with Tuntable Creek Road their top priority site for urgent design and restoration activities.

    The landslip sites are extremely challenging from an engineering perspective. The soil is observed to be colluvial and residual soils derived from basalt, with large boulders and cobbles throughout. The main damage location leaves no usable width of the original roadway.

    The failure has exposed several large boulders that may indicate older landslide materials naturally in place at the site. The landslide damage extends some distance below the road embankment to Tuntable Creek. Figure 1 below shows an aerial of the main landslip.

    There is significant movement at the location of the landslip and the depth of loose material makes stabilisation of the site a major engineering challenge.

    The second site presents a now split roadway with tension cracks on the downhill side and a heaved uphill side of the roadway. It is assumed that this is a compound landslide with both up and downhill damages incurred. Damage at road level is significant. Figure 2 shows the visible tension cracking and deformation from the landslide movements. Observations indicate that both these areas of extensive damage to the road are related, and likely part of the same landslide movement.

    The large extent and length of this cracking suggests that a larger underlying failure may be present than is currently visible. This poses the risk of larger landslides in future events.

    Provision of temporary access

    Given the time that a permanent solution will take to design and implement, Council is currently investigating the construction of a temporary access widening at the location of the main slip. The current soil conditions and terrain makes such a solution very difficult to implement, requiring advanced geotechnical engineering solutions and ongoing monitoring to ensure the safety of users. A temporary access design is being prioritised and, if feasible, will be implemented in the shortest possible time frame.

    Council understands the significant impact of this road closure on the local community, and appreciates the feedback received to date. In recognition that permanent restoration will take a significant amount of time, the following will be carried out:

    • Regular updates through online channels and direct consultation with community
    • Additional notification for road users of the surface conditions and road closure
    • Temporary works to address road conditions until permanent works are completed
    • Review of the Nimbin Community Disaster Resilience Plan and The Channon and Surrounds Disaster Resilience Plan


    Additionally, to receive updates directly please contact Lismore City Council via email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6625 0500 to register your preferred contact details and feedback. Please reference ‘Tuntable Creek Road AF22/1928’ in your correspondence.

  • Kyogle Road - Pavement Rehabilitation Works

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    Single lane traffic control will be in place as Council completes pavement rehabilitation works to Kyogle Road. The works will apply to three sections across the length of Kyogle Road, to be completed throughout three weeks. Works are expected to start late October 2022 subject to weather, contractor, and material availability.

    Funding has now been secured through Transport for NSW. This funding is allocated to repair damage sustained during the February 2022 natural disaster only. The following three sections have been identified based on pre and post February 2022 assessments. Additional works for Kyogle Road will continue to be assessed and reviewed.

    Works will include:

    • Road surface: Improve the surface of the road in places. Road to be raised approximately 150mm.
    • Signs and line marking: Line marking and guideposts.
    • Vegetation management: Manage roadside vegetation to remove obstacles, improve sight distances, and clearances for signage.
    • Drainage maintenance: Re-excavate open drains and remove flood sediment as required.
    • Driveway adjustment: Adjust access to driveways affected by the wider road footprint as required.

    Road users are advised to follow signage and expect delays as these works are completed.

    Further Information

    Should you wish to contact us directly with any questions or comments, or register your contact details to receive updates, please call (02) 6625 0500 or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Kyogle Road – Pavement Rehabilitation.’

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