Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Tweed warns of police action over road barrier removal

Tweed Shire Council has warned local residents against tampering with local road barriers as it works to repair flood-damaged roads in the local government area.

Council crews continue to work on the flood recovery program which now totals 3,778 items of road damage as new items are identified, it said in a statement today.

Staff have placed concrete barriers and road closure signs in place at major slip sites like Reserve Creek Road and Tyalgum Road as a public safety measure.

“Council has been notified of barriers being moved at the landslip on Reserve Creek Road which poses a major safety risk. Removing or tampering with barriers is a serious offence and could result in someone being hurt or killed,” said Council Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Tim Mackney.

He said each time Council has to respond to barrier tampering, it takes vital resources away from the repair effort.

“There are still many roads closed as crews continue with flood recovery. Council crews are working as hard as they can, but this work will take time to complete,” Mr Mackney said.

Removing a road barrier or signage is a serious offence, and police may be notified, the Council warned today.

Landslips are responsible for most of the Tweed’s expected long-term road closures, including major landslips at Tyalgum Road, Reserve Creek Road and Scenic Drive at Bilambil Heights.

Geotechnical investigations have been carried out to assess the safety of the landslips and inform the design and construction of repairs. However, these will take time to complete, the Council said.

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