Work is finally underway to repair the extreme landslip at Reserve Creek Road, with contractors establishing a works site and early works beginning on the ground this week.
It’s welcome news for local residents who have been challenged by the road’s closure since the February 2022 flood event.
Council’s contractor, SEE Civil Pty Ltd, has completed site establishment works including placement of a temporary site office, temporary barriers and safety protocols with heavy machinery arriving on site.
Early works on access ramps and ground investigations also started this week, despite interruptions by wet weather.
Tweed Shire Council’s flood restoration team has received and approved SEE Civil’s initial design, signalling the start of critical works on a temporary side road. This marks an important milestone in the region’s flood recovery effort.
SEE Civil has also written to Reserve Creek residents advising of possible short traffic delays further up from the works site, as crews investigate an additional section of landslip approximately 200-metres north of the main slip site.
Council’s Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney was pleased to finally see works start on the ground.
“We understand it has been a long wait for the Reserve Creek Road community and we thank them for their ongoing patience,” Mr Mackney said.
“The good news is the end is in sight with the detailed design work for the $6 million project nearing completion, pending final approval.
“Although it has taken some time to get to this stage, a lot of essential work was required to be undertaken in the background over the past 15 months, including geotechnical investigations, designs, tendering for the contractor, applying for planning approvals, and gaining approvals for disaster funding. The project team has done a great job under difficult market conditions.
“Initially, the project will provide temporary access to restore through traffic along the road. Once the permanent works are completed, the road will be safe to be opened completely without restrictions.”
Council is working with others to prepare for, mitigate and build resilience to natural disasters while delivering a safe and connected local road network.
For more information on Council’s flood recovery works and repairs to flood-damaged roads, visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/flood-recovery-works.