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.
UPGRADE WORKS ON COSTELLOS ROAD
Costellos Road will be closed (approximately 1km from Pinkett Road) from Monday 15 April 2019 to allow for road alignment and upgrade works to be carried out. Working hours will be between 9:00am and 4:30pm and the project is expected to be completed in two (2) days subject to weather conditions and external delays. The road will be closed to through traffic during working hours.
We endeavour to complete these works with minimal impact on residents and 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. If you require any further information please contact Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on telephone 02 6730 2371.
ROAD GRADING PROGRAM DELAYS DUE TO LACK OF WATER
During drought conditions many roads cannot be graded because of the lack of moisture that is needed to properly compact the road surface. Council’s water trucks are now not able to access water sufficiently close to roads that require grading. Unfortunately the continuation of the current dry conditions is therefore having an impact on Council’s road maintenance grading program.
Dry grading of roads is largely a waste of time and money. Corrugations can be cut off, however the improved surface condition will only last a short while before corrugating again. In addition, dry grading leaves uncompacted, dry material on the roads, particularly on corners, and valuable material is lost as excess dust.
Council’s roads crews have now ceased road pavement grading during this dry period and instead will be undertaking clearing and drainage works to improve roadside conditions.
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.