Long term flood damaged roads


Lobban Road, Wingham

Current situation:

  • Lobban Road at The Bight Bridge sustained a severe embankment failure.
  • Council contractors have already made temporary repairs to the embankment and road based on initial geotechnical investigation and assessment. These works have been undertaken as emergency works under the natural disaster guidelines.
  • The Bight Bridge also sustained severe scouring and undermining of the abutment. Emergency works have been completed to stabilise the abutment.
  • Road and bridge is now open.

Future situation:

  • Long term strategies to undertake permanent repairs the embankment and road will require geotechnical and civil designs, appointment of suitably qualified contractors and then works delivery. This process is currently in progress and is estimated to take anywhere up to 18 months based on contractor and materials availability. This work will be undertaken as essential public asset restoration through the provisions of the natural disaster guidelines. 

Last updated 5 May 2021



Gloucester Road - at Dingo Creek, Belbowrie Bridge

Current situation:

  • Gloucester Road sustained severe pavement, drainage and formation damage.
  • Council contractors have already made temporary repairs to make the road trafficable with site specific treatments for traffic management. These works have been undertaken as emergency works under the natural disaster guidelines.
  • Temporary pothole patching works have recently been completed.

 Future situation:

  • Long term strategies to undertake permanent repairs the will require civil survey, geotechnical and civil designs.
  • Appointment of a suitably qualified contractor has been confirmed and survey works have commenced. Road, drainage and pavement design currently underway.
  • Contractor to commence works within a couple of weeks. This work will be undertaken as essential public asset restoration through the provisions of the natural disaster guidelines.

Last updated 5 May 2021



Waukivory Road

Current situation:

  • Waukivory Road has sustained a severe landslip with the failure removing the entire road.
  • The road is impassable and closed to traffic at this point in time. 

 Future situation:

  • Further geotechnical assessments are currently underway to determine a preferred remediation solution.
  • Due to the size of the failure it is expected that the road could be closed for up to 2 years. Bypassing options are currently being sought,  however preferred possible alignments are within private property and/or utility easements.
  • Long term strategies to repair the slip will require geotechnical designs, appointment of suitably qualified contractors and then works delivery. This process may take anywhere up to 24 months based on contractor and materials availability. This work will be undertaken as essential public asset restoration through the provisions of the natural disaster guidelines.   

Last updated 5 May 2021



Bulga Road - North of Swans Lane towards Elands

Current situation:

  • Bulga Road has sustained multiple landslips both upslope and downslope failures. Since the floods, clean up works has been undertaken. Council contractors have already cleared most of the slips with assistance from the ADF. Contractors are still on site cleaning the last of the slips. Clean up works have been undertaken as emergency works under the natural disaster guidelines.
  • Once clearing works has finished a final geotechnical assessment will need to be undertaken. This assessment will look into what short term strategies can be undertaken to open the road (with temporary traffic management requirements).
  • The road is still dangerous to drive on even though slips have been cleared.
  • Traffic management plans are currently being approved. Once approved relevant signage will be installed in order to open the road to traffic. It must be stressed that these arrangements will have some traffic control requirements. At this stage we estimate the road will be open within one to two weeks, weather permitting. 

  Future situation: 

  • At this stage based on current geotechnical advice there is an opportunity to open the road within a couple of weeks. It is important to stress that any opening will involve strict traffic control measures including speed and load limits.
  • The road will also need to be monitored regularly and any significant rain event may require further road closures.
  • Long term strategies to repair the slips will require geotechnical designs, appointment of suitably qualified contractors and then works delivery. This process may take anywhere up to 18 months based on contractor and materials availability. This work will be undertaken as essential public asset restoration through the provisions of the natural disaster guidelines.        

Last updated 5 May 2021



Wallanbah Road - Bucca Wauka, near Buccabeappleby

Current situation:

  • Wallanbah Road has sustained multiple upslope landslips. Since the floods, clean up works have been undertaken. Council contractors have already cleared most of the debris. Clean up works have been undertaken as emergency works under the natural disaster guidelines.
  • The road is still closed at this location as it is still not cleared and there is unstable slope material above the roadway. Although it may appear that the road is fine, it is difficult to see the issue from the road but the situation is very dangerous.
  • Councils geotechnical consultants and engineers have established a way to clear the loose boulders and materials from the upslope and will engage contractors to undertake works.
  • Contractors to start works on site this week.

 Future situation:

  • Once upslope works have been completed another geotechnical assessment will need to be undertaken in order to ensure the slope is stable enough for vehicles to pass through.
  • At this stage all going well it may be possible to open the road at that location within two months.

Last updated 5 May 2021



Knodingbuhl Forest Road - near Nowendoc Road intersection

Current situation:

  • Knodingbuhl Forest Road has sustained an extreme downslope failure taking out most of the road.
  • Preliminary geotechnical investigations and assessments have declared to area to be unsafe, with no option to bypass the site due to the extremely dangerous and unstable site conditions.
  • Options to bypass the road nearby are not considered viable due to the unstable nature of the surrounding area.
  • The road is currently closed.

 Future situation:

  • Long term strategies are being considered to repair the slip.
  • This requires further investigation, geotechnical designs, appointment of suitably qualified contractors and then works delivery. This process may take anywhere from 12 to 18 months based on contractor and materials availability. This work will be undertaken as essential public asset restoration through the provisions of the natural disaster guidelines.   

Last updated 5 May 2021