Toowoomba Regional Council has begun organising its priority flood repairs, with the necessary culverts arriving and installation planned for early 2023, following approval from  the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA). 

The repairs are part of the region’s 2022 Flood Recovery Program. 

In the 2020 program, TRC Infrastructure Chair, Cr Carol Taylor, said Council completed a total of 120 repairs of culverts and floodways, including 42 culvert or floodway replacements.

“One of our biggest challenges with that program of works was procuring culvert components, which were in high demand from all Councils impacted by flooding, which is why our Flood Team made the decision to procure these components early,” Cr Taylor said. 

“Currently our first round of 25 culverts and floodways replacements are undergoing surveying service locating and hydrology studies, which will inform the design process.

“We are hoping to have contractors onboarded in early 2023 to deliver these projects.”

Council’s Construction and Maintenance teams have continued to progress priority flood recovery works continually combating difficult weather conditions.

“I think the unsung heroes in this story have been Council staff working on our roads. They have faced difficult conditions with multiple flood and emergency works over the past few years, working nights and weekends where necessary to ensure our community can still safely access and use our roads,” Cr Taylor said.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but I want to thank our teams for the work that they have done for our community.

“More than 600 roads with flood damage have already been assessed and submitted to the QRA for funding, with that amount likely to triple by the end of the year totalling more than $100 million.

“With such a large number of repairs happening on our roads over the next two years, we want to continue to encourage our community to take care on the roads and to follow traffic management signage and directions.

“I sincerely thank our community for their patience and understanding as we continue to methodically work through repairing damage across our vast road network.”

Image of culverts courtesy of Toowoomba Regional Council.

1 Comment
  1. Kelly 1 year ago

    Very informative post, thanks for sharing the update.

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