Council Works Program
Local Road Closures
NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURE – SEVERN RIVER ROAD
Please be advised 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.
ROAD CLOSURE – 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.
TEMPORARY PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE – WEST AVENUE
Contractors Woollam Constructions will be commencing works on the external infrastructure associated with the Warwick Twigg 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.
CLOSURE - 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.
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
Roads & 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.
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.