Accelerated Blue Mountains roadworks program begins following natural disaster

The Blue Mountains City Council is once again embarking on an intensive program of roadworks across the city, following the third flood in three years.

Contractors are to begin emergency work from next week, following delays in finding additional workers amid the widespread aftermath of the natural disaster and statewide flooding in March .

This is in addition to the work carried out each week by the Council’s road crews, which urgently repair potholes.

“We know residents are extremely frustrated with the state of the roads following the March floods, but it has been an extremely difficult time for Council workers,” said Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill.

“The staff had planned and defined an intensive patch program, which was to begin in February. This is a major task that requires good weather and takes three months.

“But the natural disaster in March – which led to multiple landslides in the city and additional emergency works – necessitated the abandonment of the heavy repair program and a total reassessment of the road network, to create a new program of works. .

“We currently have urgent roadwork required in our 27 cities and towns,” Mayor Greenhill said. “We had 1 million square meters of damaged roads across the city, which is equivalent to a road that would run from Katoomba in Sydney to Gosford.

“The council has redirected the funds to emergency repairs, but it has taken time to finalize the new works program and find contractors who can start the work.”

As contractors begin the intensified roadworks programme, ongoing pothole patching work by Council work crews also continues.

The council also has a new Jetpatcher arriving for road repairs, after a six-month delay. The Council’s previous Jetpatcher had reached the end of its life, after emergency work that took place following flooding in 2020 and 2021.

“Another problem is that it continues to rain. We’re getting a few days of relief, but it’s still raining and we can’t do any major roadwork while it is,” Mayor Greenhill said.

“So in the coming weeks you will see increased activity. However, join me in hoping for less rain. Because if it gets tough again, this work will be cancelled.

“We thank you once again for your patience. The Council’s new revenue task force is looking at ways to generate revenue to make our city future-ready – as the Council faces significant financial challenges in the future, particularly with regard to the impact of natural disasters.

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