Geotechnical assessments have now been completed for the two landslips near Simpson Drive and Warringa Drive on Scenic Drive at Bilambil Heights.
Stage 1 of the geotechnical assessment confirmed the main slip near Simpson Drive remains unsafe and advised against reopening the road to single-lane traffic says Tweed Shire Council.
‘These reports provide the technical basis upon which permanent solutions for these slips can be designed and built,’ Council’s Director Engineering David Oxenham said.
Tweed Council will be putting out the tender documents for fixing the landslips later this month and expect submission to be received in June.
‘We will then seek approvals from Transport for NSW and Council to award the contract. The contractor would then start design works, with construction to follow,’ Mr Oxenham explained.
‘Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for Scenic Drive, with the ongoing wet weather conditions and a shortage of experienced contractors exacerbating the situation. We understand the additional hardship and inconvenience the closure of Scenic Drive is having on residents, particularly those who live west of the slips at Bilambil Heights, Carool and other areas.
‘We ask residents to remain patient, with diversions expected to remain in place for up to 12 months. We have prioritised the maintenance of detour routes via Bilambil Road and Terranora Road to ensure issues such as potholes are addressed as soon as possible.’
Council estimates damage to the Tweed’s road network caused by the recent flood could cost more than $50 million and take up to 2 years to repair, with more than 2,000 repair jobs already logged.
Regular updates on the progress of flood works are published on Council’s website at tweed.nsw.gov.au/ roadworks-closures as well as through Council’s social media channels. For updates on current road closures, visit MyRoadInfo.