Road drainage to cut Council costs
THANKS to a grant from the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA), a drainage project that will help cut maintenance on two rural roads has been completed.
Sections of land along Sherwood Creek Road and Duffus Road in Upper Corindi had regularly suffered damage through the effects of heavy rain. The damage was a hazard for motorists and meant that regular costly maintenance had to be carried out.
In addition, the stormwater was carrying pollutants and sediment from the land around the roads into nearby waterways.
But a $15,000 grant from the NRCMA, which was matched with $15,000 funds from Council, allowed a series of drainage improvements to be put in place to help stabilise the road edges.
During the work, geotextile and ballast was used to rehabilitate drains running alongside the roads and two piped culverts were also built.
"By putting in these simple drainage options, we have been able to deal with two problems at once," Council's Director of City Services Ben Lawson said.
"By directing stormwater in the direction we want it to go, we've cut the problem of the road edges being scoured away - which makes the road safer for drivers and reduces costly repairs - and we've reduced the amount of pollutants and sediment going into the adjacent water courses.
"Plus our staff now have more experience of cost-effective ways of dealing with the maintenance and management of rural road corridors."