Roads

Council Works Program

Current Projects

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.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - MEADE STREET WATER MAINS RENEWALS
 
Council wishes to advise residents that water mains renewal works will be taking place on Meade Street from the corner of Grey Street through to the Police Station, commencing at 1:00pm on Saturday 5 December 2020. The road will be closed and a turning bay will be in place. It is also expected that the footpath will be obstructed while work is underway. Works are expected to be completed in two (2) days.
 
Council regrets any inconvenience caused and thanks residents for their understanding and co-operation.
 
Should you require anything further at this time, do not hesitate to contact Council’s on call Water and Wastewater team on 0418 162 794 or the Department of Infrastructure Services on 6730 2371.
 

BRIDGE WORKS ON CHERRY TREE ROAD

Please be advised that works to construct two (2) replacement bridges over the crossings of the Furracabad Creek on Cherry Tree Road are scheduled to commence from 14 December 2020. These projects will be underway for approximately four (4) months.

Cherry Tree Road will be closed for the duration of these bridge projects. Direct contact has been made with property owners in the immediate vicinity to discuss the impact of this road closure.

We aim to complete these 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’s Department of Infrastructure Services on telephone 02 6730 2371.

 

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.

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

 
WELLINGTON VALE ROAD REHABILITATION PROJECT
 
Council will recommence a construction project on Wellington Vale Road from Monday, 2 November 2020. Works are expected to continue for approximately six (6) weeks and working hours will be between 7:30am and 5:00pm. There will be a single lane closure in place throughout the project with traffic lights directing traffic.
 
Council kindly asks residents to be mindful of heavy plant operations and increased traffic as a result of vehicles transporting materials to the site.
 
Council will endeavour to complete works with minimal impact on residents 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.
 
If you require any further information please contact Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on telephone 02 6730 2371.
 

 

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.

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

 

 
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. 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 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.