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Potholes, road repairs and rain don't mix

The ongoing rain and a saturated road network, is delaying road works and pothole repairs.

Byron Shire Council’s infrastructure services director, Phil Holloway, said the continuing rain has meant that works crews are faced with ongoing challenges to repair the roads.

“We have a large amount of road damage due to the rain and roads that have a high volume of daily traffic are particularly impacted. Unfortunately the continuing rain has seen potholes reappearing within the same twenty four hour period.

“Pothole filling is only a temporary fix and ideally should be done in dry weather – not in the wet. 

“We’re finding that work crews need to return on multiple occasions due to pothole filling not bonding in the wet weather. Roads repaired today include Broken Head Road, Ewingsdale Road, and Bangalow Road at Hayters Hill,” he said.

Mr Holloway assured the community that an extensive repair program would be implemented as soon as the weather dries up.

In the meantime, motorists are advised to drive to the road and weather condition, use caution and allow extra travelling time.

Additionally  motorists are urged to take notice of all signage and please do not try to access roads that have barricades and or signage that advises that roads are closed or water is across the road.

You can find out more about how roads are repaired at

Sunrise Boulevard intersection

Works at the Sunrise Boulevard intersection have been impacted by the rain and construction work on the northern side of the road will now commence mid-July. Access to Sunrise Boulevard will remain open until the works site changes.

Contractors are continuing to fill potholes at the road works site on a daily basis and the road is being swept, as it is repaired, to ensure there are minimal loose stones.

Belongil Bridge repairs

Work on the Belongil Bridge repairs is still continuing as the work is occurring primarily under the bridge and therefore not impacted by the weather. Scaffolding has been setup and most of the damaged concrete has now been carefully removed and work has started on the steel treatment.

Orana Road, Ocean Shores

Weather permitting, work will continue on Orana this week and includes the final pavement being laid.

Coomburra Road, Ocean Shores

Works are still progressing with subsoil and drainage works.  Weather has caused delays  to the road works, however, work will re-start next week and continue for six weeks.  Motorists are advised to obey traffic signs and to expect delays.

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.