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
  • Oakey Creek Road - Drilling Works (Nov 2023)

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    Following the February 2022 natural disaster, Oakey Creek Rd suffered extensive damage. Funding has now been secured to complete geotechnical investigations using a drilling rig to understand subsurface conditions.

    The works will involve closing a section of the road for one day, 4 December 2023, from 7:30am to 5pm. The closed section of works is located approximately between 135 and 146 Oakey Creek Road.

    A full road closure will be required around the works zone for the day. A detour is available via Gwynne and Jiggi Roads, motorists will be notified of the closure via roadside signage, updated through www.livetraffic.com. Residents will have access to their properties but will be unable to drive through the work zone. Access for emergency services will be accommodated. Please adhere to all road closed signs and directions from any traffic controllers.



    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 floodrecoveryroadsbridges@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Oakey Creek Road – Nov 2023 Update.’

  • Zouch Road - Drilling Works (Nov 2023)

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    Following the February 2022 natural disaster, Zouch Road suffered extensive damage. Funding has now been secured to complete geotechnical investigations using a drilling rig to understand subsurface conditions.

    The works will involve closing a section of the road during 8am to 5pm between December 4th to 8th, 2023. Motorists will be notified of the closure via roadside signage and updated through www.livetraffic.com. Residents will be unable to drive through the work zone. Please adhere to all road closed signs and directions from any traffic controllers. We apologise for any inconvenience.


    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 floodrecoveryroadsbridges@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Zouch Road – Nov 2023 Update.’

  • Koonorigan Road - Maintenance Work (Nov 2023)

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    Following the February 2022 natural disaster, Koonorigan Road suffered extensive damage. Council completed temporary works to improve the road surface condition during 2022 as a temporary measure, until permanent pavement rehabilitation works were scheduled.

    The funding submission for a permanent restoration works was completed in June 2023, and Council is awaiting on funding approval to commence work. When approved, works will apply to multiple sections that have been identified as significantly impacted by the February 2022 natural disaster, based on pre and post disaster assessments.

    Council would like to improve the impact on residents and have scheduled road maintenance works for the week commencing 20 November 2023. Geotechnical investigations will also be performed during this period. We would like to thank the community for their continuing patience.

    The road will not be closed during the works and motorists will be notified of changes via roadside signage and updated through www.livetraffic.com. Please adhere to all road signs and directions from any traffic controllers.

    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 floodrecoveryroadsbridges@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Koonorigan – Nov 2023 Update.’

  • Wallace Road - Drilling Works (Nov 2023)

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    Following the February 2022 natural disaster, Wallace Road suffered extensive damage. Funding has now been secured to complete investigative drilling works using a drilling rig to understand subsurface conditions.

    The works will involve closing a section of the road on 20 November 2023, from 8am for 24 hours. The closed section of works is located approximately around 120 and 137 Wallace Road.

    A full road closure will be required around the works zone for the day. Motorists will be notified of the closure via roadside signage and updated through www.livetraffic.com. Residents will be able to walk through the work zone to access to their properties but will be unable to drive through the work zone. Cars can be stored either side of the works for this period. Access for emergency services will be accommodated. Please adhere to all road closed signs and directions from any traffic controllers.


    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 floodrecoveryroadsbridges@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Wallace Road – Nov 2023 Update.’

  • Flood Restoration - Roads & Bridges Update (Oct 2023)

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    ROADS & BRIDGES FLOOD RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE

    Please note, several road and bridge projects progressing concurrently, below are updates for some projects progressing this month. Please check the 'Projects By Name' and select the road name for latest updates. Additionally, if there is a road you would like specific flood restoration updates on, please register your contact details via our notification list form.


    COMPLETED WORKS

    Keerrong Road

    Works were completed during October on Keerrong Road for excavation of slipped material and reconstruction of the road embankment. The works were carried out over 3 weeks and Council would like to thank the community for their support during the road closure.


    Tuntable Creek Road

    During October, new road signs were installed to assist with future road closures for Tuntable Creek Road. The extra signs will allow Council to notify residents of closures before reaching the closed site, helping to reduce detour times.


    CURRENT WORKS

    Crofton Road

    This week, the first 500 metres of the road section will undergo restoration. Due to extensive damage, this section will be converted into a gravel road to facilitate the smooth flow of construction vehicles until the works are completed. Additionally, starting next week, pavement restoration works will commence from the other end of the road, and will be carried out for next two months ensuring improvements to enhance the road's overall condition.


    Carabeen Place

    Funding was secured for works to commence on Carabeen Road in October to repair damages caused during the 2022 natural disaster. The works includes restoring the batter to its original condition with rockfill and ensuring the drainage is adequate for future events.


    Nimbin Road

    Works are continuing for Nimbin Road, with the Site Km1 recently completing the placement of fine concrete blocks and backfill behind the retaining wall. The next steps are to backfill the underside of the road pavement layers and complete placement of the culvert outlet. Once completed, the road pavement construction will start along with earthworks around the retaining wall. Site Km4 recently completed the installation of 180 piles with the remaining piles to be completed at the beginning of November. Concrete pouring for the first section of the pile cap commenced late October with works currently underway for the first section of the 50m long blinding layer.


    FUTURE WORKS

    Traffic Barriers

    Rural roads in the Lismore Local Government Area will have some of the creek crossings with damaged traffic barriers replaced during November. Approximately 15 crossings will be included as part of the Flood Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) funding.

    Terania Creek Road

    Works are schedule to commence at Terania Creek Road on Bridge No. 3 during early November. These works will initially entail construction of a temporary side track next to the bridge so traffic can be detoured. After, works commence on installation of the new concrete bridge approaches. These works are expected to take approximately three to four weeks and will then move only Bridge No. 2, followed by Bridge No. 1. A VMS board will be installed prior to detouring traffic.


    Rogerson Road

    Funding is now approved for culvert works to Rogerson Road. During the Feb 2022 flood event, the Rogerson Road culvert had corrugated pipes that were severely scoured as well as the pipe bedding being eroded. The corrugated pipes will be replaced with precast concrete pipes to meet current engineering standards. Tendering is about to start for the works and members of our team are meeting with residents to discuss the works and notify them of any interruptions for the road.

  • Tuntable Creek Road - Reopened (29 October 2023)

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    Tuntable Creek Road – Road Open (29th October 2023)

    Tuntable Creek Road has reopened after the shutdown due to rainfall. We apologise to the community for the inconvenience caused and delays in travelling alternative routes.

    As the site has not had its permanent repair designed and constructed, a management plan is in place which requires visual inspections, geotechnical instrument readings, surveying monitoring, rain records and photograph evidence.

    In the event of rainfall exceeding our trigger level or other significant changes the temporary track will be closed again at short notice.

    Please contact floodrecoveryroadsbridges@lismore.nsw.gov.au with the subject ‘Tuntable Creek Road notification list’ to register your contact details to receive updates.

    We also have an SMS notification list you can join, simply email your mobile number and name to be added with the subject Tuntable Creek Road SMS List.

    To receive updates on Tuntable Creek Road and any other flood restoration roads, please register your contact details via our notification list form.

  • Leycester Road - Gravel Road Maintenance (Oct 2023)

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    Following the February 2022 natural disaster, Leycester Road suffered extensive damage. Council completed temporary patching works to improve the road surface condition during December 2022. These works involved removing damaged road sections and replacing with gravel road base, with an emulsion sacrificial seal. The temporary patching works were a temporary measure, until permanent pavement rehabilitation works were scheduled.

    The funding submission for a permanent pavement rehabilitation was completed in June 2023, and Council is awaiting on funding approval to commence work. We have also asked for priority funding to accelerate these works. When approved, works will apply to multiple sections that have been identified as significantly impacted by the February 2022 natural disaster, based on pre and post disaster assessments.

    Council would like to improve the impact on residents while waiting for funding approval and have scheduled further gravel road maintenance works for next week. We would like to thank the community for their continuing patience.


    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 floodrecoveryroadsbridges@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Leycester Road – October 2023 Update.’

  • Tuntable Creek Road - Road Closure (27 October 2023)

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    Tuntable Creek Road - Road Closure (27 October 2023)

    Tuntable Creek Road will be closed until further notice due to significant rainfall. We apologise for the short notice and thank the community for their understanding during this time.

  • Flood Restoration - Roads & Bridges Update (Sept 2023)

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    ROADS & BRIDGES FLOOD RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE

    Please note, several road and bridge projects progressing concurrently, below are updates for some projects progressing this month. Please check the 'Projects By Name' and select the road name for latest updates. Additionally, if there is a road you would like specific flood restoration updates on, please register your contact details via our notification list form.


    COMPLETED WORKS

    Bungabbee Road

    Recently the Bungabbee Road bridge approaches works were completed to repair damages from the 2022 natural disaster. The works involved re-construction of the damaged approaches and re-instatement of guard rails, drainage, and scour protection around abutments.


    Dudgeon Road Bridge

    Works were scheduled and completed last month to repair the flood damaged Bungabbee Road bridge approaches. The works involved re-construction of the damaged approaches and re-instatement of guard rails, drainage, and scour protection around abutments.


    Major Flood Recovery Works Map

    Our interactive map recently underwent upgrades to improve user experience and include other flood recovery departments. Water and wastewater along with Flood Restoration Building projects have now been implemented into the map and in the coming month the flood restoration buildings will all be included. The map assists the community with finding efficient, up-to-date information about restoration works.


    CURRENT WORKS

    Nimbin Road

    Works are continuing for the Nimbin Road landslips. Site Km1, located 1 Km from Nimbin has all the concrete works and piling complete with the installation of block wall in progress. This site is on schedule for the road to be fully open before Christmas. Site Km4, located 4 Km’s from Nimbin is currently undergoing construction of gabion walls, these are used for scour protection, which prevents soil from being washed away and helps strengthen the road. The site also has piling in progress with approximately 30% completed.


    Keerrong Road

    Works have commenced on Keerrong Road for excavation of slipped material and reconstruction of the road embankment. The works are scheduled for approximately 3 weeks, subject to weather, contractor, and material availability. A full road closure will be required around the works zone throughout the works period. A detour is available via Pinchin Road, motorists will be notified ahead of the closure via roadside signage, updated through www.livetraffic.com. Residents will have access to their properties via Pinchin Road and The Channon Road but will be unable to drive through the landslip work zone. Please adhere to all road closed signs and directions from any traffic controllers.


    Geotechnical Investigations

    The Lismore City Council (LCC), Flood Recovery – Roads and Bridges team recently secured interim funding for additional geotechnical investigations and survey to commence on several flood affected roads. Initial investigations took place in 2022 to inform the designers about the geological conditions and failure mechanism. This information was used to apply for funding to repair. Additional investigations are now required to inform the final design.

    Geotechnical drilling is a type of drilling that is performed as part of the construction process to assist with better understanding a site. Investigations involve collecting rock and soil samples to obtain data regarding surface and subsurface examination. These samples provide valuable insights into the physical properties of the site, enabling engineers to design and construct remediation works to deliver roads that are safer and more durable.

    Roads approved for investigations include Bice Road, Bishops Creek Road, Black Road, Blue Knob Road, Boyle Road, Cawongla Road, Cosy Camp Road, Cross Road, Gungas Road, Johnston Road, Koonorigan Road, Lillian Rock, Martin Road, Mountain Top Road, Oakey Creek Road, Orion Street, Rock Valley Road, Skyline Road, Stanger Road, Stony Chute Road, Terania Creek Road, The Channon Road, Tuntable Creek Road, Upper Tuntable Falls Road, Wallace Road, Whian Whian Road, Yeager Road and Zouch Road.


    Cawongla Road

    Significant changes to the traffic control measures at the Cawongla Road Landslide site, near Martin Road, were recently implemented. It was identified that the site was deemed unsafe due to technical issues with the traffic lights, including repeated battery charge depletion, and concerns about safety. Therefore, the traffic lights previously regulating traffic flow have been replaced with a “Give Way” sign and a “Stop” sign. This decision was prompted by multiple incidents of road users running the red lights, posing a serious safety hazard. The new signage system aims to simplify traffic management while mitigating potential hazards. All signage has been installed as per the amended traffic guidance scheme, and a comprehensive risk assessment was conducted before implementing these changes to ensure the safety of all individuals travelling through the site.

  • Geotechnical Investigations & Survey (Aug 2023)

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    Interim funding has been approved for geotechnical investigations and survey to commence on the roads identified below. This process will be taking place over the next 4 months.


    Commencing - 4th of September
    Bice Road, Black Road, Cawongla Road, Gungas Road, Koonorigan Road, Martin Road, Mountain Top Road, Orion Street and Yeager Road.


    Commencing - 18th of September

    Bishops Creek Road, Blue Knob Road, Boyle Road, Cawongla Road, Cosy Camp Road, Lillian Rock, Mountain Top Road, Oakey Creek Road, Rock Valley Road, Skyline Road, Stanger Road, Tuntable Creek Road, Upper Tuntable Falls Road and Zouch Road.


    Commencing - 16th of October

    Blue Knob Road, Cross Road, Johnston Road, Stony Chute Road, Terania Creek Road, The Channon Road, Tuntable Creek Road, Wallace Road and Whian Whian Road


    There will be some implications on traffic during this process, please adhere to all road signs and directions from any traffic controller. We apologise for any inconvenience. Further details will be provided once available.


    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 floodrecoveryroadsbridges@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Geotechnical Investigations & Survey.’

Page last updated: 18 Jun 2024, 09:37 AM