ALL TWEED roads except for two are now open but Council says there are still many hazards including moving slips, stone and gravel debris, soft edges and potholes.
Council has successfully negotiated to push a temporary track through private property to restore access around the catastrophic failure of Manns Road at Rowlands Creek. This work will start after Easter.
Investigations are continuing in how to repair Lone Pine Road at Doon Doon, where one property is isolated.
Council will install temporary traffic lights on Clothiers Creek Road to improve safety at the one-lane section skirting a major landslip.
Council advises that while Mount Warning Road is trafficable as far as the National Parks gate and businesses there are open, the summit track is closed to visitors as repairs to scours and slip damage are being undertaken.
Road repairs will continue on Mount Warning Road over the next month as Council works to restore this important tourist destination in sync with the National Parks and Wildlife Service restoring the walking track.
At the request of National Parks, traffic controllers will be mobilised to Mount Warning Road to stop pedestrians walking through the roadwork sites to get into the National Park.
Council is continuing to retrieve materials from the washed-away Byrrill Creek bridge to rebuild a temporary one-lane timber bridge on the same alignment to restore more direct access for this community while assessing options for a permanent replacement bridge.
The temporary bridge will take at least one month to build so residents are advised that they will have to continue travelling via Tyalgum, or Cadell and Kyogle roads until then.
While roads are now trafficable, many are not in good condition and motorists should drive expecting multiple hazards.
Not only are some of the landslips still moving but road edges are soft and temporary patching of road scours and potholes may deteriorate quickly. Council expects it will take several weeks to clear topside slips.
Motorists also are advised to expect gravel and stone deposits on roads and to avoid hitting this type of debris at speed.
Over the past two weeks, Council has worked beyond its normal road maintenance limits to clear property access routes through road reserves. However, it cannot clear access routes on private property and owners are advised to contact the Recovery Centre by telephoning 6670 2133 for advice on what options they may have.
Road conditions as of 12pm Wednesday, April 12.
- Booka Road, Upper Crystal Creek – Only larger vehicles can get through road at second culvert, plus landslip. Crew has completed temporary road repair with further permanent work to follow.
- Brays Creek Road, Brays Creek – Landslip between Tyalgum Road and Pumpenbil Road.
- Burringbar Road, Shackles Bridge – Temporary repair has been made to road approach washout.
- Byrrill Creek Road near Tyalgum – Extreme caution. The road is trafficable through to Tyalgum for 4WD only. Informal ferry operating. Essential travel only. Council Is assessing if it can construct one-lane temporary timber bridge. This will take at least four weeks and cannot be done until Tyalgum Road is in a condition to carry heavy equipment.
- Carool Road, Carool – Landslip near school.
- Cedar Creek Road and Bridge – This bridge has been temporarily repaired and is trafficable.
- Clothiers Creek Road, between Norths Road and Condor Place. Weight limit 4.5 tonne due to slip damage. Heavy vehicle operators (including buses) need to use alternate route.
- Commissioners Creek Road – One lane flow. Multiple landslips.
- Couchy Creek Road, Numinbah – Temporary repair done.
- Cudgera Creek Road – One lane access both ends but closed in the middle due to landslip.
- Doon Doon Road, Doon Doon – One lane flow at first bridge.
- Garden of Eden Road, Tomewin – Landslip. Temporary one way access in place.
- Glengarrie Road, Glengarrie – Landslip.
- Harwood Road, Burringbar – Landslip.
- Hogans Road, Bilambil – Landslip
- Kirbys Road, Limpinwood – Landslip.
- Kyogle Road – Trafficable.
- Lone Pine Road, Commissioners Creek. Landslip has taken most of road, isolating one property. Council will work to support isolated resident but the feasibility of repair is being investigated.
- Manns Road, Rowlands Creek – a 60m section of this road is missing. Council is trying to assess if it can cut a track through private property to restore connectivity. Alternate route via Mullumbimby but 4WD only. Investigation continuing.
- Meadow Place, off Kyogle Road – Large potholes.
- Midginbil Road, Doon Doon – One lane flow to 4WD only. Trees on road, landslip and bridge approaches and culverts washed out.
- Mt Warning Road, Mt Warning – Open on temporary repair to National Park gates. Motorists are urged to take extreme caution.
- Nobbys Creek Road, Boatharbour Bridge, North Arm – Major damage. One lane open.
- North Arm Road, North Arm – One lane open. Landslip.
- Numinbah Road – Down to one lane in places. Passable but multiple landslips and new landslip.
- Palmvale Road, Palmvale – Open. Temporary repairs to diversion around permanent worksite done.
- Piggabeen Road past Pine Tree Place Bridge No 155 (timber bridge). This bridge has been made safe. Motorists still urged to approach and cross with care.
- Porters Road, Upper Crystal Creek – Temporary repair completed.
- Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum – Open.
- Reserve Creek Road – Proceed with extreme care. Trees over road.
- Smiths Creek Road – Landslip.
- Solomons Road – access restored.
- South Pumpinbil Road, Pumpinbil – One lane open. Take extreme care. Bridge abutment undermined.
- Spring Valley Road, Cudgera – Temporary repair done. One lane open to the end of the road.
- Tomewin Road – Multiple slips.
- Tweed Valley Way at Greenhills, South Murwillumbah – Temporary repairs completed. One lane open to the end of the road.
- Tyalgum Road at Rocky Cutting – extensive damage.
- Upper Crystal Creek Road, Upper Crystal Creek – Road washed out at creek crossing.
- Urliup Road, Bilambil to Dulguigan – works on slips continues. One lane flow has been achieved throughout.