RICHMOND Valley Council is undertaking remediation works on the southern bank of the Evans River, adjacent to Ocean Drive.
The $1.4 million project, carried out by Shamrock Civil Engineering, is expected to take about five months to complete. Work to be undertaken includes:
- protect toe of embankment with a gabion basket retaining wall;
- flatten slope by stripping, filling and compacting;
- enhance bank stability and beautify with selected native plantings;
- repair existing scours at uncontrolled stormwater discharge points; and
- amalgamate six existing stormwater discharge points to two.
Council’s General Manager John Walker said the embankment supporting the footway along Ocean Drive had been showing signs of instability for some time and the problem was exacerbated by the 2012 flood event.
Mr Walker said there were concerns if work was not undertaken, the problem could extend from Kalimna Park to Shark Bay.
He said motorists should proceed with caution when driving through the work site as Ocean Drive was now one way heading into town, and detour options were encouraging traffic heading east to use Riverview Street and Wirraway Avenue, rather than Sunderland Street.
He said a new give way sign had been installed at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Evans Road, and traffic controllers would be onsite to minimise disruptions.
He said pedestrian access would also be provided during all phases of construction.
“The project is part of Council’s commitment to deliver safe, efficient and high-quality infrastructure to the community and businesses of the Richmond Valley area,” Mr Walker said.
“We recognise infrastructure work can be an inconvenience to residents and businesses, and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding while this important work is underway.
“We will endeavour to return Ocean Drive to two-way traffic during the peak two week Christmas-New Year period.”
For further information, or a personal comment from General Manager John Walker, please contact Sharon Davidson on 02 6660 0257 or 0419 401 214.
Media Release: Friday, 14 November 2014