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
  • Woodlawn Road single lane access

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    Following the February 28 disaster, and March flooding events, crews have been working to reopen access for Woodlawn Road.

    Single lane access is now available. Motorists are advised to continue driving with caution, and adhere to traffic signage.

    Works will continue to restore the road, with geotechnical drilling of the landslip underway for this week.


  • Black Road reopen

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    Black Road is a short gravel road off Terania Creek, north of The Channon. The original creek crossing of Terania Creek consists of four concrete pipes and a concrete causeway. During the February 28th flooding event, the causeway was swept away in the torrential flow.

    Funding has been approved by TfNSW and Resilience NSW for engineering and survey works to be undertaken to design a new crossing to current standards. The temporary crossing currently in place is constructed of nylon rock bags with infill rock and gravel running surface. The temporary crossing will be maintained for the next 12 months until the permanent structure is complete.

    The residents have shown extraordinary resilience and fortitude during this time and their patience is appreciated.


    For more information on this project, and other road projects in The Channon and surrounding areas, please visit: https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/road-restoration-works-the-channon

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  • Pinchin Road repair due to start

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    We are continuing to make the most of the good weather to repair the extensive damage to our road network caused by the recent natural disaster.


    One of the many projects we are currently working on is Pinchin Road where the road’s embankment was damaged and a pipe needs to be replaced adjacent to 778 Pinchin Road.


    To allow access for the necessary equipment and to conduct the work, we will need to close the road on Wednesday, 6 July 2022 from 7am to 5pm.


    Signage will be in place to assist motorists with the detour via Keerrong Road.


    Part of the detour passes damaged drainage and pavement which has yet to be restored. Motorists are asked to follow the detour signage and proceed with caution. These damaged sections are scheduled for repair as part of the next stage of works.


    Further updates are available via Council’s Your Say page at https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/keerrong-road-works.
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  • Corndale Road

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    Corndale Road is scheduled to undergo stabilisation repairs on a section of severely damaged road pavement from Tuesday, 5 July 2022. Initially drainage works will be completed, installing table drains and clearing shoulders allowing water to escape the pavement.

    Following these works, there will be a pavement stabilisation crew mobilising on site to rip up the existing damaged pavement. The road material quality will be improved, by mixing 100mm of new material with the existing road base.

    Council expects this work to be completed within 1 week from start to finish, weather permitting.

    Signage will be installed over the coming weeks to advise of 'raising road levels'.

    A single lane road closure will be provided to allow traffic to travel through the site, with the appropriate signage. Please note this work is scheduled to take place during the school holidays.

    If you have questions, please consider utilising the Q+A function of this page. This allows the same information to be shared with our community members. Feedback and questions can also be submitted to Council via email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au or calling (02) 6625 0500.

    We thank the community for their patience as we complete this work.

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  • Current Road Project Updates - June 21 2022

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    Wallace Road - Geotechnical drilling will be continuing this week, to remedy the landslip 1.3km from Tuntable Creek Road.

    Nimbin Road - Temporary side-track works are in place south of Shipway Road, to reduce traffic stoppages. Design is underway on a complicated site. Please drive with care.

    Tuntable Creek Road - Investigation works continue to establish the feasibility of a side track to facilitate local access to Nimbin north of Rose Road.

    Keerrong Road - The bridge piling has been completed. Bridge construction works are now underway.

    Repentance Creek Road - No further road closures are planned. The road is currently a gravel surface, while asphalt contractor scheduled works are confirmed. Speed has been reduced to 60KM due to loose gravel. Please drive with care.

    Dunoon Road – The road is open, with caution to traffic. Pavement has been placed, with the final stages being the seal to go ahead this week.

    Duncan Road - Funding has been approved to heavy patch stabilise damaged sections, and work has begun.

    The Channon Road- Geotechnical investigations are now complete. Reconstruction will be dependent on design of proposed embankment.

    The Channon Road (Robertson Bridge)- Remediation works of the abutments is planned for the coming weeks. Traffic control will be onsite, motorists are advised to drive with caution.

    Pinchin Road (embankment failure)- Works are scheduled following the completion of Robertson Bridge. Possible road closure may be required, which will be advised closer to the date.

    Works planned for Ross Road (culvert has been cleared) and Black Road (washed out causeway) have now been completed.

  • Fernside Bridge Restriction

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    Fernside Bridge has deteriorated significantly since Council received a Level 2 Structure Condition Report of the bridge. This detailed condition assessment was conducted by an independent company, engaged by Lismore City Council. Following the condition assessment, the following immediate recommendations were issued to Council:

    • Implement a load limit of 3.5 tonne (GVM) as a priority.
    • Undertake temporary repairs involving propping the outer foundation piles with a load path from a solid section of the cross beam to a solid section of the piles in order to provide structural support and mitigate any further cantilevering of the cross beams and running deck.

    In the interest of public safety, it was necessary for Council to take immediate action and implement the recommendations as outlined in the consultant’s report.

    As an interim measure, it is proposed to construct a temporary crossing (side-track) which is currently planned to be installed on the downstream side of the current bridge site and will be open to traffic on 29 July 2022.

    The side-track, which will be located within the road reserve, will not be load limited and will provide for heavy vehicle access across the creek, and will be in place until Fernside Bridge is either repaired or replaced, depending on NSW Government grant submission approval.

    Signage has been installed to notify motorists. Further details and updates can be found below in the 'Community Updates' tab. We encourage the Q+A function to be used, so we may share information with those who have similar questions.


    We understand that this information may provide some difficulty for your current circumstances. Please contact Council (02) 6625 0500, or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au with your contact details and feedback – referencing Fernside Bridge. We would like to work with the community and provide direct up to date details on proposed works.

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/fernside-bridge-restriction

  • Robson Road Closure

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    Due to excessive water under the road surface on part of Robson Road, Wyrallah, we have closed part of the road between 91 Robson Rd towards the Tregeagle Road end and 102 Robson Rd towards the Tucki Road end for July 2022.
    This is to allow our road crews to undertake remedial work to install drainage to prevent further deterioration of the road.
    Traffic control is in place and motorists are asked to detour via Wyrallah Road. Residents will be able to access their homes.
    We thank the community for its patience and understanding as we work to improve our road network.
  • Boggumbil Road Closure

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    With the improved weather Council is conducting emergency repair work on Boggumbil Road which has a soft spot on the road surface that poses a significant risk to motorists.


    This means we will need to close the road this Friday, 17 June and Saturday 18 June, 2022 for emergency works. Works will continue on Monday, 20 June, 2022 however the road will be open with traffic control. Access will be available for Boggumbil residents and school buses.
    Traffic control will be onsite from 7am to 6pm during the days of closure. A road detour will be in place via Rosehill Road, Nimbin Road and Jiggi Road. Please allow additional travel time.


    Further information and updates are posted in the main article: https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/road-closure-boggumbil-road

  • Keerrong Road Works

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    Lismore City Council is continuing works to repair roads following significant flood damage. Urgent work is required to repair multiple sections of Keerrong Road, which includes a culvert collapse, areas of severe pavement damage and a large landslide.

    The collapsed culvert structure, located north of the intersection with Dudgeon Road will be replaced with a new concrete bridge.

    Works will be undertaken to repair the sealed pavement section approximately 1-3km from Nimbin Road, improving access for road users. These works are temporary as Council is currently seeking funding for the repair and full restoration cannot be completed with current weather conditions.

    Investigations are underway into the large landslide located near The Channon Road end to determine full restoration treatments.

    What do the works involve?

    • Re-shape the sealed pavement section to temporarily restore pavement formation
    • Installing a concrete InQuik bridge structure, 7.2m wide by 16.1m long at the culvert site
    • Geotechnical investigation and design for the large landslide near The Channon Road

    When will the works start?

    Bridge works and temporary road works are expected to be finalised by August 31, 2022.

    These works may be subject to delays due to weather events. Updates will be posted on the online article listed below. A date for the permanent restoration of the sealed pavement sections and the large landslide will be advised once funding had been confirmed.

    What are the traffic adjustments?

    Road users are advised to be aware of works being completed, and to slow down in work zones. Further traffic information will be listed on northernrivers.myroadinfo.com. Please allow additional travel time.

    Where can I find more information?

    Community Updates plus Q&A can be found at the below link.

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/keerrong-road-works

  • COUNCIL’S IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO DAMAGED ROAD NETWORK

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    This week we have focused on updating the community about the extensive road repair work that lays ahead following the 28 February natural disaster and March flood.
    Council estimates that the flooding disaster caused more than $350 million worth of damage to Council assets and infrastructure.


    Out of that total, the estimated damage to our roads and bridges network is $200 million.


    To put this into perspective, Council assessed that 90% of our 1200km road network had suffered extensive damage.


    There has also been much damage to many bridges, causeways, reinforced concrete pipes, reinforced concrete box culverts and footpaths across our road network.
    Landslips have also reduced traffic to single lanes on some key access roads.


    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.


    Council continues to repair more road damage with new works starting on a weekly basis, thanks to funding and support from State and Federal governments.
    Currently we are working on the following roads:


    - Wyrallah Road
    - Duncan Road
    - Keerrong Road
    - Repentance Creek Road
    - Terania Creek Road
    - Wallace Road
    - Black Road
    - The Channon Road


    You can keep up to date on the progress of works on these roads by going to our Your Say Lismore site www.yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au.
    For more significant damage, we need to work with geotechnical engineers and start design and investigation work to deliver restoration. Restoration work of this nature can be quite complex to deliver and is exacerbated by demand for contractors in the area.


    Council will work with state agencies and other local councils in the Northern Rivers to coordinate efforts where possible.
    Council has released a document called the Flood Response report which examines the impact of the 28 February natural disaster and March flood, and Council’s initial response to restore basic services in more detail.


    You can view that document which explains about the wider response beyond just roads by visiting Council’s website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au under Council & Engagement tab.
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