Roads

Roads Network

Council manages an extensive roads network.  The vast majority of our roads, 732 kilometres, are unsealed and there are 419 kilometres of sealed roads which includes 68 km Regional Roads (state road) and 10 km parking lane adjacent to highway.  There are 11 timber bridges and 77 concrete and other bridges throughout the Local Government Area.

State Roads and Highways

Members of the public are advised that information on the status of state roads and highways should be accessed via livetraffic.com

 

Council Works Program

Council would like to advise residents that the following works are scheduled in the period ending Friday, 25 November 2022 subject to weather conditions and unforeseen delays:

  • Jet Patching in Glen Innes Township, Wellington Vale Road and Strathbogie Road;
  • Pothole patching general maintenance and within the Glen Innes township and other various locations;
  • The construction team will be undertaking road repair works on Emmaville Road;
  • The Bridge team will be undertaking repair work on the Inglevale Causeway;
  • The Heavy Patching crew will be at Pinkett Road;
  • Maintenance grading will commence on Oakwood Road, Ryan’s Road, Polhill Road, Illparran Road and Kings Plains Road; and
  • The Drainage team will be undertaking work on Skeleton Creek Road and Wullamulla Street.

The condition of the road network in the Glen Innes Severn Local Government Area (LGA) has been severely impacted by recurring rain events. Significant potholes, washouts and groundwater springs are appearing throughout our network, as road surfaces struggle to cope. Significant resources are being directed to repair this widespread damage.

Council apologises for any traffic delays associated with these works and requests that motorists follow all traffic control signage and directions at the work sites.

If you require any further information, please contact Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on telephone 02 6730 2371.

Local Road Closures

Information regarding road closures will be updated on this page and on Glen Innes Severn Council Facebook page.  

Temporary Road Closure Remembrance Day March, 11 November 2022

Notice is hereby given that the following temporary road closures will apply for the purpose of conducting the Glen Innes Remembrance Day March.

  • Parallel parking on the south-side of Bourke Street from Grey Street to East Avenue from approximately 07:00am to 11:30am to reserve an assembly area;
  • Bourke Street west-bound from Grey Street to East Avenue from approximately 10:00am to 11:15am to enable the March participants to assemble; and
  • Bourke Street from East Avenue to West Avenue from approximately 10:40am to 11:00am to enable the March to proceed under NSW Police escort to ANZAC Park.

Council regrets any inconvenience that these closures may cause, and thanks motorists in advance for their cooperation in this matter.

Any enquiries in relation to this matter can be directed to Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on telephone 6730 2371.

 

Bald Nob Road

Road upgrade works will commence on Bald Nob Road between the Morven Road turnoff and the Gwydir Highway from Tuesday 5 October to 6 December (weather permitting).  Access during this time will only be permitted for residents and landowners. 

Severn River Road

Severn River Road will be closed (at the causeway approximately 1km south of the Severn River) from 6 June 2022 to allow for causeway replacement works to be carried out.

Working hours will be between 7:30am and 4:30pm and it is expected that this project will be completed in five (5) weeks, subject to weather conditions and external delays. A detour via Rangers Valley Road will be in place for the duration of the project.

We have spoken with local property owners and endeavour to complete these works with minimal impact. Please be assured that Council will accommodate any emergency situations where access is required. Council regrets any inconvenience that these works may cause and thanks you for your understanding and co-operation.

Edinburgh Street

Due to a significant groundwater spring, Edinburgh Street has been closed at the intersection of Ayr Street from Thursday, 28 April 2022 as conditions are unsafe.

The road will be closed to through traffic until repairs can be undertaken.

West Avenue - temporary partial closure

Contractors Woollam Constructions will be commencing works on the external infrastructure associated with the Indoor Sports Centre from Tuesday, 3 May 2022.

This project will be ongoing and the road will be partially closed to through traffic at times with stop and go arrangements in place to accommodate traffic.

Old Glen Innes Road - Clarence Valley Council

We have been advised by Clarence Valley Council (CVC) that Old Glen Innes Road has been closed near Buccarumbi Bridge due to landslides.

The road will be closed to through traffic at this location until repairs have been undertaken by CVC.

Inquiries relating to access for through traffic should be directed to CVC on 02 6643 0200.

Updates and any changes for these works will be posted on Council’s Facebook page and website.

If you require any further information, please contact Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on telephone 02 6730 2371.

Infrastructure emergencies outside of office hours should be directed to Council’s on call Roads & Drainage Team on 0409 817 242.

 

Roads and Bridges Updates

20T Load Restriction - Bald Nob Road

Council resolved that a 20 tonne gross load limit be applied to the section of Bald Nob Road between Morven Road and the Gwydir Highway. This load limit has been set at a level that aims to minimise the negative impact on local landholders. Local operators can apply to Council for an exemption that will be assessed on a case by case basis.

This route is of significant benefit to motorists, with the alternate option of remaining on the highway network requiring approximately 50 kilometres travel distance rather than 12 kilometres via Bald Nob Road. The road provides access to a small number of residences, and it is estimated that in excess of 90% of vehicle movements are of a regional rather than local nature. The route is gazetted for B-Double use and provides an important freight linkage between northern and eastern destinations.

The reasons for the implementation of this limit is to reduce the safety risks caused by the road conditions, and highlight the issue that Council cannot and should not fund this road that serves more as a state highway freight route than a local road. The decision to implement these limits was made unanimously by Councillors with full support from the Glen Innes Roads Consultative Committee. We are hopeful that new funding announced by the State Government will address this issue, and Council encourages the community to ‘make a noise’.

Although Council fully supports the ongoing use of the road as a regional link, it finds itself in a position whereby local ratepayers are faced with prohibitive upgrade and ongoing costs that cannot be met. Council intends to continue pursuing funding to bring this road to an acceptable standard, and at the same time campaigning for it to be added to the regional road network, funded by the State Government.

Landowners and transport companies who access local properties via Bald Nob Road and require a load limit exemption are asked to contact Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on 02 6730 2371.

Bridge Closure - Furracabad Road

Council contracted certified bridge engineers to assess the bridge over the Furracabad Creek on Furracabad Road.

The timber structures were found to be in very poor condition and due to significant deterioration of substructure elements, it was recommended that the bridge be closed to vehicular traffic immediately. Council unfortunately has little choice but to comply with this recommendation due to public safety concerns, and kindly advises that the bridge will be closed with immediate effect.

Council regrets any inconvenience that these closures may cause, and thanks residents and motorists in advance for their co-operation.