Roads

Local Road Closures

Council determines local road closures and re-openings, in the event of emergencies and in response to changing seasonal conditions, in consultation with and guided by the expertise of relevant agencies and endeavours to communicate the most up-to-date information on local roads on Council’s website, Council’s Facebook page and through the local media.

 

ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WELLINGTON VALE ROAD DELAYED

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, a primary focus for Council is for our staff to stay healthy and on the job, so that we can continue to perform important functions in the community. The Department of Infrastructure Services’ aim is for our outdoor works crews to avoid close contact with other staff and contractors outside of their small teams wherever possible.

Contractors who have been engaged to work with Council’s Road Construction Crew to undertake sealing works on Wellington Vale Road are based interstate, and it has been deemed an unnecessary risk for our crews to be exposed. In consideration of the above, the crew will be redeployed from the construction work site on Wellington Vale Road to undertake rural road re-sheeting projects in other areas.

The Wellington Vale Road construction site will be left in safe trafficable order, and works will recommence when conditions are suitable.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Department of Infrastructure Services on 6730 2371.

 

UPDATE - OLD GRAFTON ROAD

Works to construct a temporary bridge over the Mann River on Old Grafton Road are now complete and the road has been reopened to traffic from Friday 13 March. Motorists are asked to drive with caution as repair works remain underway on the unsealed section of Old Grafton Road beyond the Mann River.
 
Council thanks residents and motorists in advance for their co-operation. Any inquiries in relation to this matter can be directed to Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on 6730 2371.

 

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ON POLHILL ROAD

 
Council wishes to advise that a temporary road closure will apply from Monday 6 January 2020 on Polhill Road in order for bridge replacement works to be undertaken. The estimated completion date for the project is 20 March 2020.
 
Local access will be permitted along the road however there will be no access over the Wellingrove Creek for the full duration of the project.
 
Council regrets any inconvenience that this closure may cause, and thanks residents and motorists in advance for their co-operation. Any enquiries in relation to this matter can be directed to Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on 6730 2371.

 

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

 

Road Network

Council manages an extensive roads network.

The vast majority of our roads, 758.3 kilometres, are unsealed and there are 377.38 kilometres of sealed roads which includes 67.6 km Regional Roads (state road) and 4.77 km parking lane adjacent to highway.

There are 52 timber bridges and 79 concrete and other bridges throughout the Local Government Area.

 

Roads & Bridges - Updates

20T LOAD RESTRICTION - BALD NOB ROAD
 
Council recently 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 recently 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. Any enquiries in relation to this matter can be directed to Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on 6730 2371.

 

LOAD LIMIT REDUCTION ON BRIDGE OVER MANN RIVER - SHANNON VALE ROAD

Council recently contracted certified bridge engineers to assess the bridge over the Mann River on Shannon Vale Road. Assessment of this structure has found that the main structural elements have undergone some decay and a 10T load restriction is recommended for the crossing. It has also been recommended that the existing 10km/h speed restriction should be maintained.

Council unfortunately has little choice but to comply with this recommendation due to public safety concerns, and kindly advises that a 10T load restriction will apply with immediate effect. Signage has been put in place to notify motorists of this change and Council is currently investigating options for the rehabilitation of this bridge.