With the ongoing flood clean-up work well underway, the Tweed Shire Council is now urging community members to slow down on the region’s roads and beware of pot holes and soft edges that could quickly become life-threatening hazards.
Council’s Director of Engineering David Oxenham said: “The heavy rain has damaged the road surface in many areas which means small pot holes and soft edges can quickly become major unexpected hazards, particularly for motorcycle riders and cyclists.
“Vehicles travelling at speed can cause more damage to the road surface so I urge community members to take care for their own safety and the safety of our road crews who are working long hours to repair the damage.”
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Council and its contractors have this week changed their focus from making roads passable and reconnecting isolated communities to starting to restore the roads for safe travel. The first priority will be to stabilise topside slips, remove rocks and tree debris, clear table drains and any built-up deposits of soil, gravel, shale or bitumen.
Crews also will clean in and around pits, culverts and bridges and record any dangerous slips.
The roads to be worked on first include:
- Mt Warning
- Tomewin and Garden of Eden
- Tyalgum and Tyalgum Creek
- Clothiers Creek
- Reserve Creek
- Doon Doon
- Commissioners Creek.
Manns Road at Rowlands Creek and Lone Pine Road at Commissioners Creek remain closed.
Council urges all motorists to be prepared for workers on roads throughout the shire and to take extreme care as the soils remain saturated and new landslips cannot be ruled out.