THE severely-flood damaged Brindabella Road will undergo extensive repair work and general maintenance over the ensuing weeks as Snowy Works and Services crews moved into the area last week.
Combining flood recovery funding with some general road maintenance funds, council is hoping to get more bang for its buck in a bid to restore the road that was left with massive gouges and impassable areas once the March flood waters subsided.
During the initial temporary fix-up of the road, 12 loads of gravel alone were dumped in just one hole after a bulldozer had already filled approximately one third of it with nearby sand, rock and soil.
The road was passable but remained a constant threat for tyres and the undercarriage of residents who used the road daily and for visitors alike.
Since the works started last week, a bulldozer was dispatched with the initial task of ripping table-drains and shelf rock out of the pavement, which will in turn ensure a better road surface is achieved.
The grader team will then be tasked with grading and resurfacing the road.
Tumut Shire Council’s Flood Recovery Director, Peter Spannagle, said the synergy with the flood works means they can use the excess rock in some other works.
“It becomes economical to rip the rock out, if you’re going to use it elsewhere,” Mr Spannagle said. “We also need a few hundred tonne of good size rock for gabion baskets at a number of damaged sites on the Brindabella Valley road, where the Goodradigbee River ran amok. So, we’ve also hired a screening plant and are excavating one of the dangerous corners.”
It is budgeted that well over $100,000 will be spent on the Brindabella Road with drivers on the road expected to notice a big improvement on some of the worst sections of the notoriously rough road.
The destructive March torrent is the largest flood to have swept through the Brindabellas in living memory and surpassed the record October 2010 five metre flood level by about two metres.