Works to repair roads damaged as a result of June’s East Coast Low storm event will hit top gear in November as Council restores more than a dozen storm-affected roads.
In total 14 local roads will be tended to throughout the month of November at a cost of over $300,000.
Council’s Deputy General Manager of Operations, Finance and Risk, Mr Barry Paull detailed the works.
“The damage incurred as a result of the storm was both widespread and extensive,” he said. “Not one of our towns or villages escaped some degree of water damage.”
“Included in the losses were damages to a range of Council-managed roads, drains, bridges, footpaths and even public swimming pools.
“All jobs have since been prioritised in terms of risk and we’re in the process of allocating resources and manpower as soon as they become available,” he said. “It will however take several months to fix all the damage.”
Initial estimates place the restoration of these Council-managed assets at over $2.2 million. The immediate cost to clear the Shire’s roads of fallen trees and debris amounted to a further $144,000.
The storm event was subsequently declared a ‘natural disaster’ by the Office of Emergency Management on 7 June 2016.
“During November Council will be prioritising repair works at multiple sites across 14 locations Shire-wide,” Mr Paull said.
Roads to be repaired in November include:
- Range Road, Glenquarry,
- George Emery Lane, Glenquarry,
- Moresby Hill Road, East Kangaloon,
- Maloney’s Road, Kangaloon,
- Orford Road, Kangaloon,
- Rowlands Road, Kangaloon,
- Soapy Flat Road, High Range,
- Spring Hill Road, Woodlands,
- Howards Lane, Welby,
- Meranie Street, Welby,
- Seabrook Road, Hill Top,
- Bangadilly Road, Canyonleigh,
- Belmore Fall Road, Robertson, and
- Diamond Fields Road, Mittagong.
Remediation works will include but are not limited to road grading, gravel re-sheeting, table drain works and pavement repairs.
The majority of these repairs are estimated to take between one and two weeks to finalise at each work site.
“We’d like to thank motorists in advance for their cooperation and apologise for any temporary delays or inconvenience,” Mr Paull added.
Further storm repair works will continue throughout December and throughout much of 2017.
$2,207,667 has been made available for the storm damage repairs via the Federal Government’s National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).