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Tweed Shire Council recently completed the following major projects:

Kingscliff Bridge (over Cudgen Creek) replacement

The new concrete bridge has been built to carry vehicles up to 160-tonne. It will last for about 100 years with minimal ongoing maintenance.

It is 1.5 metres higher than the old timber bridge and has been tied into the existing pedestrian bridge. The traffic lanes are wider, at 3.1 metres each plus shoulders. The road approaches have been raised by more than a metre and widened. Both the traffic bridge and pedestrian bridge are now supported in the creek bed by a single centre pylon, rather than the three pylons that held up the old timber bridge.

Ancillary work was undertaken on the pedestrian bridge to extend the shared-user path on the southern side of the creek and the parkland on the northern side has been tidied up.

The new bridge cost $3.5 million.

Fingal Road Bridge

Council has completed building a bridge on Fingal Road, Fingal Head, to replace the failing pipe culverts near Wommin Lake Crescent. The bridge cost $600,000 to build. Works included replacing a sewer main, water main and pedestrian bridge.

Kennedy Drive Upgrade

Council completed the final stage of a $9 million upgrade to Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West, on 11 November 2016, marking the end of five years of work to improve this major arterial road.

The upgrade began in 2011, with reconstruction of the road from Gray Street to Limosa Road. Stage 2, from Gray Street to the Pacific Motorway, began in October 2014 and was completed at the end of April 2015. The final stage, from the bridge to Limosa Road, began at the end of April 2016.

The upgrade, jointly funded by Tweed Shire Council, the Australian Government and the NSW Government, was delivered in stages to reduce the impact on residents and motorists in this highly constrained work environment.

The upgrade will improve road safety, reduce the incidents of contact with overhead power poles, reduce road noise and reduce surface flooding during minor rainfall events.

The benefits delivered include:
· An additional traffic lane, achieving two lanes in each direction from about 300m east of the bridge to the Pacific Motorway on-ramp
· New kerb, gutter, footpaths and maximum-width driveways for the length of Kennedy Drive
· Bigger stormwater drains and additional pits to let surface water get away quickly, and
· Extra contingency in the water reticulation system, with the duplication of the main line on both sides of Kennedy Drive and the removal of cross service connections from beneath the roadway.

Murwillumbah Main Street Drainage Upgrade

Council completed this upgrade of Murwillumbah CBD's drainage network on 13 November 2015, replacing a system that was installed in the 1930s and was plagued with maintenance problems, stagnant water that caused odour issues and was of unknown condition due to the fact Council could not access the pipes.

During the project, some Council infrastructure was removed from private land to enable Council to access the drainage system to undertake maintenance in the future.

The project also replaced water reticulation pipes in the CBD, installed fibre optic conduit and replaced kerb, gutter and partial footpaths in Murwillumbah Street from Church Lane to Queensland Road.

The new trunk drainage system has a 100-year design life.

The Murwillumbah CBD area now has higher resilience to flooding because the capacity of the drainage system has been increased.

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Dunbible Creek Bridge replacement

Council completed construction of a new concrete bridge on Mistral Road at Dunbible Creek on 29 November 2015.

The new concrete bridge is designed to last at least 100 years. It spans 47 metres, has four-metre wide carriageways in both directions and a 2.7-metre wide shared user path.

It was built at a cost of $2.1 million, with the Federal Government contributing $950,000.

The crew that built the bridge were awarded Council's Service and Productivity Excellence Award 2015 for Sustainability for the method of construction they used.

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Tweed Heads CBD Streetscape Upgrade

Council has completed a major upgrade of the Tweed Heads central business district as part of its Tweed Heads 2000 Vision to ‘provide people friendly streetscapes’.

The final stages of the project were a makeover of Bay Street, completed in April 2015, and Wharf Street (between Frances and Florence streets), completed in July 2015.

The end of these streetscaping works marks the completion of a 10-year project to revitalise the Tweed Heads CBD precinct and deliver a message that Tweed Heads is open for business and leisure.

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Clarrie Hall Dam Spillway Upgrade

Council's $7.3 million upgrade of Clarrie Hall Dam was unveiled on 22 May 2014 by the NSW Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, the Hon. Kevin Humphries, MP.

By widening and extending the spillway and raising the dam's wave wall, it now meets the revised standards of the NSW Dam Safety Committee and provides greater control of extreme flood levels in the dam.

A number of innovations during design and construction resulted in the project being delivered on schedule and $300,000 under budget.

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Last Updated: 22 December 2016