North Creek Road and Bridge

In 2021 Council commenced preconstruction works, including concept design, for the North Creek Road and Bridge project between Forest Oak Boulevard in North Ballina and Skennars Head Road, Skennars Head.

This project will involve reconstruction, widening and raising of North Creek Road to make it less flood-prone, provision of an adjacent new shared pedestrian/cycle path, and construction of a new bridge across North Creek.

Council’s Roads Contributions Plan and Strategic Road Network modelling identifies this project as a required link to accommodate future traffic volumes generated by urban growth areas, and to minimise existing congestion on roads between Lennox Head and Ballina.

The proposed new bridge will follow the same general alignment as the old North Creek bridge that burnt down in the 1970s. See the resources section below for drawings that show the proposed alignment of the North Creek Road works, and a typical cross-section of the pathway and new bridge.

Project timeline

This is a signficant infrastructure project which requires significant planning, approvals and invesment before works can commence. It's likely there will be many changes over coming years, but at this time, the major program milestones are:

  • August 2021 to November 2021 – Flood study to determine road formation height, North Creek bridge length, size and number of culverts in approaches to the bridge. These criteria are to be sized to minimise flood impacts on upstream land.
  • November 2021 to March 2022 – Detailed survey of the existing road and 20m either side of the road centreline (will include survey of small sections of adjacent private land).
  • April 2022 to March 2023 – Concept road and bridge design, associated cost estimates and preliminary environmental/heritage assessment. This process will establish the footprint of the road formation and scope of the project. It will also identify likely impacts on adjacent private land, planning approval, heritage and the environment.
  • March 2023 – Advice to adjacent landowners on the impact of concept design on their land, followed by preliminary consultation and negotiations with affected landowners.
  • May/June 2023 – Public exhibition of concept design and community consultation.
  • July 2023 – Council to consider concept design and cost estimate; environmental impacts; outcomes of landowner and community consultation; and decide whether to proceed with and fund the next phase of the project.
  • September 2023 to December 2024 – Formal environmental assessment and planning application/approval process.

If planning approval is obtained with satisfactory consent conditions received, then:

  • January 2025 to September 2025 – Detailed design and preparation of tender documents for construction.
  • October 2025 to January 2028 – Tendering, selection of contractor, construction by contract and project opening.

In the immediate future, from November 2021 to March 2022, contract surveyors engaged by Council will conduct detailed survey work on North Creek Road and adjacent private land within 20m of the road centreline. This detailed survey will provide a base for the concept design process to commence in April 2022.

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