Thursday, April 25, 2024

Photos reveal true cost of flood-ravaged NSW roads

New before and after photos and footage have revealed the scale of repair work underway to fix the state’s flood damaged roads.

Deputy Premier and the minister responsible for disaster recovery, John Barilaro said the vast majority of roads impacted by the March floods were now open to traffic. 

“The Regional Flood Recovery Taskforce has successfully reopened 28 of the 30 roads impacted by floods and has commenced the longer-term goal of restoring all roads to their pre-flood standard,” Mr Barilaro said.

The flood-damaged Bells Line of Road.

“The damage in some of these areas has been immense and while we’re confident crews will be able to restore access in most remaining areas in the next six weeks, restoring them to their pre-flood condition will be a much bigger task.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said crews were working tirelessly to re-open the two remaining roads and get all affected roads back to normal as soon as possible.

Flood damage suffered on Waterfall Way.
The Waterfall Way after floor repairs.

“We have 170 people working on the worst hit corridors – the Oxley Highway, Waterfall Way, Bells Line of Road and Jenolan Caves Road and the difference in just a few months is quite incredible,” Mr Toole said.

“We owe a great deal to the workers out there on the ground, most of whom are locals, restoring access for their own communities and the communities that have been very patient throughout the process. 

Oxley Highway.

“While most roads are now operational and we expect traffic to move relatively freely going forward, there remains a long and challenging task ahead of us to fully repair the damage on some roads in tricky terrain.”

View the footage and photos of flood-damaged roads.

Major road repair timelines: 

Oxley Highway

  • Single lane opening July 2021

Jenolan Caves Road

  • Reopened with restrictions May 2021 (not including Five Mile)
  • Timeframes for Five Mile will be significantly longer, investigations are continuing to confirm final dates.

Bells Line of Road 

  • Road is reopened with restrictions

Waterfall Way 

  • Road is reopened with restrictions 

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