Road repairs pick up speed in Broke
Published on 20 November 2023
A new year will bring improved roads to Broke residents and visitors with two projects to repair the local road network set to pick up speed from this week.
Civil contractor KCE has been awarded the tenders to carry out almost $2million in upgrades to Broke Road, as well as the local streets in the Broke village which were damaged during record flooding and wet weather in 2022.
Katie Hardy, Council’s Acting Director Infrastructure and Planning Services, said it was great to kickstart works on another two big ticket items in Council’s flood recovery works program.
“It’s great to see another two projects that will restore our local road network begin after experiencing delays in accessing materials and funding following the severe flooding and wet weather events in 2022,” she said.
“The much-needed repairs to road surface throughout the Broke village and to the main road connecting Broke village to Singleton will deliver a better, safer and more comfortable connection for our residents and visitors.
“These two projects build on work we have completed this year to restore Broke Road where the culvert was washed away and the work currently underway to repair and install new culverts at The Inlet Road in Bulga.”
Works to deliver a $800,000 upgrade a section of Broke Road at Mount Thorley will begin on Monday 20 November.
The works funded through the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program will include heavy patching, widening, drainage improvement and surface repairs to a 300-metre section of the road.
It is the second phase of an upgrade to Broke Road completed in 2022. Construction will be completed in January 2024, weather permitting.
During works, traffic lights will be operating on both sides of the construction zone located about 800m from the Putty Road intersection.
Meanwhile, works will begin on Thursday 23 November to deliver $1million in repairs to roads around the Broke village which were damaged during last year’s floods.
Repairs will be made to Rogers Street, Howe Street, Cochrane Street, Nelson Street, Archer Street, Milbrodale Road near the Herbert Street Bridge and Wollombi Road.
Each street will remain open during the repair works but will have traffic control in place. Works are expected to be completed in February 2024, weather permitting.
The repairs are part of a wider program of works worth almost $6million that is restoring the local road network in the Broke, Bulga, Milbrodale and Paynes Crossing villages following widespread damage during the July 2022 flooding event.
Access to disaster funding, material availability and lengthy approval processes from other levels of government have impacted timelines for these projects.
Council, led by the Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, is proactively advocating to the State and Federal Governments for improvements to emergency management and recovery processes.
For more information view Council’s Advocacy Agenda at: singleton.nsw.gov.au/advocacy