Darren Watts looks down at the mess created in his house after the Alstonville bypass construction caused a flood.
Darren Watts looks down at the mess created in his house after the Alstonville bypass construction caused a flood. David Nielsen

Alstonville bypass is on track

WORK on the Alstonville bypass is proceeding at a rapid rate thanks to good weather and the Reed Group contractors are expecting to finish on target at the end of next year.

The news, announced yesterday by an RTA spokesperson, quashed rumours the long-awaited project would be completed six months ahead of schedule.

Work to be completed includes laying the road surface, building bridges, revegetation and diverting traffic on to the new section of road.

Apart from the rain in late October, good weather has helped with the project’s progress.

But that rare deluge on October 26 dumped more than 160mm of rain on the plateau in about three hours and caused a headache for Wardell Road resident Darren Watts.

At the time work was progressing on the bypass immediately adjacent to Mr Watts’ unit in Wardell Road.

With so much rain heavy run-off was expected, but Mr Watts said the unexpected element was a pile of red soil and gravel up-slope from his unit.

Virtually all that material landed in his house.

It saturated the carpet, soaked the plasterboard walls, and caused splitting in the skirting boards.

An RTA spokesperson confirmed that the RTA and its contractor, Reed Group, have helped residents as much as possible with damage associated with the flooding.

This included offering temporary accommodation and assisting with the co-ordination of insurance claims.

“The RTA is continuing to liaise with residents, property owners and insurance companies to reach a satisfactory conclusion,” the RTA spokesperson said.



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