Road rehab for Thunderbolts Way

Current condition of the Thunderbolts Way. Photo courtesy of MidCoast Council
Current condition of the Thunderbolts Way. Photo courtesy of MidCoast Council

MidCoast Council road crews are preparing to rehabilitate a 2.3 kilometres section of Thunderbolts Way, with drainage works underway from Monday, April 16.

Located around 53km north of Gloucester, the section currently in the spotlight has been targeted due to its failed road pavement and deformed driving surface. The 2.3km stretch will undergo works that include sub-surface drainage improvements, stabilisation of the existing road pavement and a final spray seal to provide a smoother, safer driving surface.

“Thunderbolts Way is a well-used route connecting Gloucester to Walcha, with increased traffic leading into the winter season,” MidCoast Council’s operations manager North Daniel Park explained.

The work has been planned to minimise disruption to traffic, employing an in-situ stabilisation process where existing pavement materials are spread and mixed with an additive before being shaped and compacted into place.

“This process not only reduces the construction timeline, but allows us to re-use the road base that’s already in place, and the in-situ process will help us keep the road open to through traffic,” Dan added.

Crews will begin with preliminary drainage works before with the road treatment starts on Monday, April 23, continuing through to mid to late May, weather permitting.

The Thunderbolts Way rehabilitation works are jointly funded by MidCoast Council and NSW Government Roads and Maritime Services funding, and are part of Council’s commitment to improving infrastructure across the region.

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