Council Works Program
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.
Council aims to complete all works with minimal impact on residents and property owners. We regret any inconvenience that these works may cause and thank you for your understanding and co-operation. If you require any further information, please contact Council on telephone 02 6730 2300.
GRAFTON TO INVERELL CYCLE EVENT - CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
The 60th annual Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic will be held this Saturday, 8 May 2021.
Roads to be temporarily closed and/or travelled along for the event between the hours of 10:00am and 2:30pm:
Bicycle Ride, as part of route from Grafton to Inverell (roads not closed):
- Grafton Street, from Gwydir Highway (H12) to Coronation Avenue; and
- Coronation Avenue, from Herbert Street to Ferguson Street/Gwydir Highway (H12).
Bicycle Ride, Feed Zone Glen Innes (road closed to non-event riders and motorists not associated with event):
- Coronation Avenue, from Grafton Street to Herbert Street.
Roads will be under traffic control for the event and motorists may experience short delays.
ROAD CLOSURE - LANG STREET
Between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm on Sunday, 16 May 2021 Essential Energy staff will be completing upgrade works on Lang Street. The road will be closed between west Avenue and Grey Street. Side streets at the entrance to the worksite at Services Lane and West Avenue will also be closed.
Work will include the replacement of three (3) high and low voltage poles and the replacement of eight (8) spans of copper conductor with new bundled aluminium covered conductor.
Essential Energy Staff will be on site to assist with local access. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Essential Energy on 6739 6105.
WATER MAINS RENEWALS - RAILWAY STREET
Council wishes to advise residents that water mains renewal work will be taking place in Railway Street (between Bourke Street and Meade Street), commencing Wednesday, 10 February 2021.
It is expected that the footpath and driveways will be obstructed at various times throughout the project. Working hours will be between 7.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. This project is part of the 2020/21 Water Mains Renewal Program and work is expected to continue for approximately 12 weeks.
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.
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
Roads & Bridges - Updates
NOTICE OF 60 KM/H SPEED LIMIT FOR ROAD WORKS ON OLD GRAFTON ROAD
Council wishes to advise that road sealing works scheduled to commence on Old Grafton Road from Monday, 8 March 2021 have been delayed due to wet weather. The revised start date is dependent on weather and will be communicated via Council's website and Facebook Page.
This project will be undertaken by contractors and traffic control will be in place. A temporary speed limit of 60 km/h will be enforced for this project and variable message signboards will be in place advising motorists of this change.
Works will be underway for approximately three (3) weeks and the reduced speed limit will remain in force for an additional two (2) weeks, to allow the new surface to settle.
BRIDGE WORKS ON OLD GRAFTON ROAD
Please be advised that works to construct a permanent bridge over the Mann River on Old Grafton Road are scheduled to commence from Wednesday, 14 October 2020. This project will be underway for at least six (6) months.
Exact timing for commencement of each section of work is unknown at this stage, however traffic delays should be expected at various stages of the project. Contractors Saunders Civilbuild are managing this project and their staff will be available on site to assist motorists.
We aim to complete these works with minimal impact on residents and property owners and please be assured that Council will accommodate any emergency situations where access is required. We regret any inconvenience that these works may cause and thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
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.
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.
Council 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.