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
  • Crofton Road – Culvert works (Mar 2023)

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    Following the February 2022 natural disaster, Crofton Road suffered extensive pavement and drainage damage. Works will begin from 4 April 2023 for culvert pipe replacement work. The works are planned for two days on 4 and 5 April 2023, subject to weather, contractor and material availability.

    For the safety of motorists and due to the nature of the works, a hard road closure is required between 7am and 5pm around the site, with the road being re-opened outside of these hours. Access for pedestrians will be maintained via a side track throughout the works. Drivers are asked to park their vehicles on the other side of the culvert and walk to their side to access their property. Please review the road closure location below.

    Please obey adjusted speed limits and directions from any traffic controllers and drive carefully. Please adhere to all road closed signs. We will ensure all driveway and farm gates that intersect the road match any changes to the road profile and are safe for property owners/residents.

    Waste services will not be affected by this closure.


    Further Information

    Updates for these works will be posted on our Your Say dedicated Maintaining Roads and Bridges page: https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges

    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 ‘Crofton Road – Culvert Works.’

  • Whian Whian Road - Simes Bridge Update (Mar 2023)

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    During the February 2022 natural disaster, the northern abutment of Simes Bridge on Whian Whian Road was impacted. Temporary works were carried out to restore access and the site is currently limited to one-lane traffic access under a give-way arrangement.

    The one-lane access will remain to ensure road user safety until potential scope for works for permanent repairs is finalised. Roadside signage is currently in place to notify road users of any changes in traffic conditions. No impact to the Whian Whian Falls access is expected during the works.

    The road is currently undergoing monitoring and geotechnical investigations which is required for potential permanent remediation. The works involved detailed site survey and bridge substruction assessment with minimal impact to traffic expected during these survey works. Additionally, these works require geotechnical investigations involving standard penetration test (SPT) analysis at the northern bridge abutment.

    Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements have been secured to complete these works. This funding is allocated to address damage sustained during the February 2022 flooding event only. Additional works required and subsequent funding are being reviewed. 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 – March Update.’

  • Tuntable Creek Road - Road Closure (22-23 Mar 2023)

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    Tuntable Creek Road - Road Closure

    Tuntable Creek Road will be closed for Wednesday the 22nd 2023 and Thursday the 23rd of March 2023, we apologise for the short notice.

    Contractors require a full road closure between Rose Road and Beardow Road from 8:00am to 3:00pm due to geotechnical testing and monitoring.

    We thank the community for these understanding during this time.

  • Tuntable Creek Road - Road Opening (Mar 2023)

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    Tuntable Creek Road experienced significant damage during the February 2022 natural disaster with 11 notable landslips recorded and a major landslip closing the road north of intersection with Rose Road. A temporary solution was designed to open the road and establish connectivity between Nimbin and The Channon while the permanent solution is designed. The temporary construction consists of stabilising the embankment below the road and excavating into the slope above the road to make a single trafficable lane. The stabilisation used up to 160 8m long soil nails and over 400m2 of sprayed concrete. Additionally, a temporary pavement was constructed through the slip zone and installing light traffic control.


    Due to the volatile nature of the landslip and risks of further damages occurring a detailed risk assessment was undertaken to control access until a permanent solution is implemented. The risk assessment requires weekly visual monitoring, survey monitoring of fixed control points and monthly inspections by a geotechnical engineer. Restrictions will be placed on the temporary access road during large rain events to mitigate risks to public. Should the road be closed due to adverse weather, VMS boards placed at The Channon and Nimbin will identify the road closure. Facebook updates will also communicate the closure to the wider community. Please report hazards or changes to Lismore City Council using reference LCC92.


    For further details please visit the Tuntable Creek Road update:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/tuntable-creek-road-jan-2023

    Tuntable Creek Road during restoration works


    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 ‘Tuntable Creek Road – Road Opening (Mar 2023)’

  • Mackie Road - Bridge Installation (Mar 2023)

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    Following the AGRN943 2020 natural disaster the Mackie Road causeway at Johnston Creek suffered extensive damage. Funding has been awarded to replace the damaged structure with a bridge to reduce impediments to fish passage.

    The Mackie Road culvert to bridge replacement at Johnston Creek, works are currently underway with successful delivery of the bridge to our storage yard. The works will begin on Monday the 13th of March 2023 with project operating for approximately three months with a planned completion in late June 2023, subject to fine weather. Due to the nature of the works a full 24-hour hard road closure is required during the March to June 2023 works period around the location detailed on the map below. For further details please visit the Mackie Road bridge update link below:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/mackie-road-bridge-feb-2023

    Mackie Road Bridge being delivered to the bridge storage yard



    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 ‘Mackie Road Johnston Creek Bridge – March Update.’

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

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    ROADS & BRIDGES FLOOD RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE

    Please note, there are several road and bridge projects progressing concurrently. Below are updates of 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 to secure specific updates on, please email floodrestoration@lismore.nsw.gov.au with subject ‘Add Road Name - Notification list’ to register your contact details to receive updates.


    COMPLETED WORKS

    Tuntable Creek Road

    Tuntable Creek Road experienced significant damage during the February 2022 natural disaster with 11 notable landslips recorded and a major landslip closing the road north of intersection with Rose Road. A temporary solution was designed to open the road and establish connectivity between Nimbin and The Channon while the permanent solution is designed. The temporary construction consists of stabilising the embankment below the road and excavating into the slope above the road to make a single trafficable lane. The stabilisation will use up to 160 8m long soil nails and over 400m2 of sprayed concrete. Additionally, crews are also reconstructing pavement through the slip zone and installing light traffic control. The works are expected to be complete in March with the road opened to local access only and restricted during weather events. For further details please visit the Tuntable Creek Road update:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/tuntable-creek-road-jan-2023


    Cawongla Road

    The Cawongla Road pipes’ replacement project was ahead of schedule and the road opened at the end of January before school started. The works consisted of replacing two culverts that suffered significant damage during the 2022 floods.


    Gwynne Road

    Temporary repair of damaged pavement was recently completed for Gwynne Road. During these works, the crews also performed scour repair and mulching vegetation along with cleaning drains and pipes to improve the roads condition.


    Unsealed Roads

    Overlay works to repair damages from the October flood event were recently completed for Lagoon Grass Road, Howards Grass Road, Cusack Road, Booerie Creek Road, Hewitt Road, Swan Bay Road, and Sheehan Road.


    Johnston Road

    Temporary patching works across slip single lane were recently completed for Johnston Road.


    CURRENT WORKS

    Crofton Road & Rock Valley Road
    Drainage works are continuing for Crofton Road and Rock Valley Road these include desilt and reshape table drainage, installing headwalls and pipe extensions as required to ensure water runoff from the road, to prevent future road damages from occurring.


    Wyrallah Road

    Pavement rehabilitation works started at the end of January to reconstruct and rehabilitate approximately 500m of Wyrallah Road. Throughout this construction process drainage works, kerb installation and subsoil installation will also be completed. For further details please visit the Wyrallah Road update link below:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/wyrallah-road-jan-2023


    FUTURE WORKS

    Town Road

    Funding through the Fixing Country Bridges program has been awarded to replace the damaged structure with a new bridge. The bridge superstructure is currently being constructed in France with an innovative steel beam that will be launched into place in one piece. A unique type of structure, this bridge will be the first in the region. A general plan of the works is provided below. The Town Road bridge superstructure will be delivered at the end of May 2023. Civil works are scheduled to begin in April 2023 with a planned completion in late July 2023, subject to fine weather. Further updates will be provided towards the end of March 2023.


    Mackie Road

    Following the 2020 natural disaster the Mackie Road causeway at Johnston Creek suffered extensive damage. Funding has been awarded to replace the damaged structure with a bridge to reduce impediments to fish passage. The Mackie Road culvert to bridge replacement at Johnston Creek, works will begin on the 13th of March for approximately three months with a planned completion in late June 2023, subject to fine weather. Due to the nature of the works a full 24-hour hard road closure is required during the March – June 2023 works period around the location detailed on the map below. For further details please visit the Mackie Road bridge update link below:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/mackie-road-bridge-feb-2023

  • Town Road - Bridge Installation (Mar 2023)

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    Funding through the Fixing Country Bridges program has been awarded to replace the damaged structure with a new bridge on Town Road. The steel superstructure bridge is currently being constructed in France with an innovative steel beam that will be launched into place in one piece. A unique type of structure, this bridge will be the first in the region. A general plan of the works is provided below.

    The Town Road bridge superstructure will be delivered at the end of June 2023. Civil works are scheduled to begin in April 2023 with a planned completion in September 2023, subject to fine weather. Further updates will be provided throughout the project.

    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 ‘Town Road Bridge – March Update’.

  • Mackie Road - Bridge Installation (Feb 2023)

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    Following the AGRN9943 2020 natural disaster the Mackie Road causeway at Johnston Creek suffered extensive damage. Funding has been awarded to replace the damaged structure with a bridge to reduce impediments to fish passage.

    The Mackie Road culvert to bridge replacement at Johnston Creek, works will begin from the 13th of March 2023 for approximately three months with a planned completion in late June 2023, subject to fine weather. Due to the nature of the works a full 24-hour hard road closure is required during the March – June 2023 works period around the location detailed on the map below.

    Please review the road closure locations to determine whether accessing from Rosebank Road, Ridgewood Road or James Gibson Road is most appropriate for your property. Due to the nature of the works, access through the works site is not possible.

    Funding has been secured through Australian Government's Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). This funding is allocated to repair damage sustained during the December 2020 natural disaster only. Additional works required and subsequent funding for Mackie Road are being reviewed.


    Council has consulted with Rosebank RFS and a plan is in place for service vehicles due to location of the station. Council will also advise other emergency services. However, in the scenario emergency services are required, please note the road closures on your call to assist.

    Rubbish waste collection will only be impacted around the bridge site. Residents that are affected will be contacted personally to arrange waste collection during the road closure period.

    What are the works?

    During the 2020 flooding events, a concrete causeway on Mackie Road, was significantly damaged. The road is a busy local sealed road connecting Rosebank and Clunes. Under the DRFA guidelines, damaged assets may be replaced to current engineering standards.

    The new bridge will be a single span concrete structure of suitable width to provide a minimum 7.2m trafficable deck. The new structure will be constructed on the same alignment as the current causeway structure.

    When are the works taking place?

    Works are scheduled to start from March 2023 and are expected to take approximately three months to complete, subject to fine weather conditions and resource availability. Daily work hours will mostly be between 7am and 5pm weekdays, although there may be some weekend work.

    What will be the traffic controls/detours?

    Due to the intensive nature of roadworks and associated traffic controls, there will unfortunately be some traffic disruptions. These traffic controls include a full 24-hour road closure. This will ensure the roadworks are completed in a timely manner, with safety as a predominant factor.

    Local access to residences will be maintained by actively managing residents’ needs within the construction footprint to allow access to homes, however, please be aware of delays. Updates will also be available via Live Traffic NSW and Your Say (page details below). Road users are advised to follow signage, seek alternate routes 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 ‘Mackie Road – Bridge Installation’

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

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    ROADS & BRIDGES FLOOD RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE

    Please note, there are several road and bridge projects progressing concurrently. Below are updates of 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 to secure specific updates on, please utilise the Q+A function of this page, or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au


    COMPLETED WORKS

    Cawongla Road

    Excitingly, the Cawongla Road pipes’ replacement project was ahead of schedule and the road opened at the end of January before school started. We would like to thank all the residents of Larnook and the surrounding region for their patience and cooperation during these repairs. The works consisted of replacing two culverts that suffered significant damage during the 2022 floods. Further details can be found on the latest Cawongla Road update on the following link:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/cawongla-road-jan-2022


    Sheehan Road

    Works have been completed on Sheehan Road to address issues caused from the February and March 2022 floods. This has involved overlay and drainage works to repair flood damages.


    Mountain Top Road, Standing Street, Nimbin Street & Wallace Road

    Overlay works have been completed on Mountain Top Road, Standing Street, Nimbin Street and Wallace Road, to address issues caused from the February and March 2022 floods.


    Blue Knob Road

    Works are completed for Blue Knob Road, these included removing and replacing the existing material from the road surface, along with grading and rolling the road with a temporary seal over the new surface. A planned return to complete permanent works will be scheduled during 2023.


    CURRENT WORKS

    Tuntable Creek Road

    The works crew remobilised to the site at the beginning of January, this stage of construction consists of excavating into the slope above the road and installing 49 soil nails and 100m2 shotcrete. Additionally, crews are also reconstructing pavement through the slip zone and installing light traffic control and opening one lane. The works are expected to be complete in February with additional updates to be provided as the works commence on the upper slope. For further details please visit the Tuntable Creek Road update link below:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/tuntable-creek-road-jan-2023


    Wyrallah Road

    Pavement rehabilitation works are commencing shortly to reconstruct and rehabilitate approximately 500m of Wyrallah Road. Throughout this construction process drainage works, kerb installation and subsoil installation will also be completed. For further details please visit the Wyrallah Road update link below:

    https://yoursay.lismore.nsw.gov.au/maintaining-our-roads-and-bridges/news_feed/wyrallah-road-jan-2023


    Swan Bay Road

    Overlay and drainage works are currently underway to repair damages from the October flood event for Swan Bay Road.


    Crofton Road & Rock Valley/Cawongla Road
    Drainage works are continuing for Crofton Road and Rock Valley/Cawongla Road these include desilt and reshape table drainage, installing headwalls and pipe extensions as required to ensure water runoff from the road, to prevent future road damages from occurring.


    FUTURE WORKS

    Munro Wharf Road

    Overlay and drainage works to repair damages from the October flood event will commence shortly for Munro Wharf Road.

  • Caniaba Road - Pavement Rehabilitation Works (Feb 2023)

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    Council will be commencing pavement rehabilitation works to a section on Caniaba Road 1.7km to 2.1km West of Fredericks Road, to be completed throughout three months starting early February 2023 subject to weather, contractor, and material availability.

    Funding has been secured through the Safer Roads Program to complete these works, which will improve road conditions and associated safety for road users. Additional works for Caniaba Road will continue to be assessed and reviewed.

    Map outlining approximate location of the Caniaba Road pavement works


    What are the works?

    • Road surface: Improve the surface of the road in places. Road to be raised approximately 100mm.
    • Guardrail installation: Installation of a safety barrier.
    • 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


    What are the traffic adjustments?

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

    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


    Who should I contact with questions/concerns?

    If you have any questions or concerns, please phone 6625 0500 (24-hour service) or email council@lismore.nsw.gov.au and include the title ‘Caniaba Road – Pavement Rehabilitation Works.’

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