Temporary fix creates uneven road edges until major repairs are done

McDonalds Bridge Road near Stratheden where the uneven road edges can be clearly seen.

Susanna Freymark

McDonalds Bridge Road at Stratheden has severe uneven edges and odd curves along the road that have baffled drivers.

IndyNR.com drove the road and took photos of the edges of the recently laid bitumen.

Richmond Valley Council has said more than $2 million will be spent repairing about 4km of McDonalds Bridge Road.

The repairs include widening the shoulders from the bottom of the hill east of Edenville Road to Stratheden Road.

Once completed, the full width of the road will be resealed.

The project will also involve the widening and scour rock protection of culverts, the installation of guideposts and table drain cleaning.

The council was unable to give a time frame on when this would happen as it is still waiting on a detailed design for the road.

Richmond Valley Council’s general manager Vaughan Macdonald said the safety of people and freight movements on our roads was critical.

“The floods of 2022 left our region with a road repair bill of more than $100 million and, regrettably, our road network again came under considerable pressure over the past eight months with record levels of rainfall causing widespread pothole damage,” Mr Macdonald said.

“While we have made significant progress on restoring our local road network and ensuring the continued safety and efficiency of the local transportation network, council is heavily reliant on government funding to fix our damaged roads, and build them back to a better, more resilient standard.”

The uneven edges continue up the hill. Photos: Susanna Freymark

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