The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has advised Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) that it will commence level crossing road surface renewal and track reconditioning at Waverley Road level crossing between Kamilaroi Highway and Mystery Road, Caroona.
The project is scheduled to occur from 7am Monday 8 February to 6pm Thursday 11 February, weather permitting. The works will be continuous, both day and night. Site preparation works will commence approximately 3 days prior to commencement. The preparation works will occur within standard hours.
During the actual maintenance works, Waverley Road, between the Kamilaroi Highway and Mystery Road will be closed to all traffic with detours in place. Light vehicle access will be provided for residents and emergency services by way of pilot escort around the worksite via a temporary bypass road.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, is requesting that motorists who use Waverly Road as a through route be aware of the project taking place and to allow extra time to travel via the detours provided. He is also urging local traffic to drive with extra caution, to drive to conditions and to ensure the safety of work crews.
This maintenance work will involve the removal of the existing bitumen level crossing. The level crossing will be reconstructed with a concrete road surface. ARTC will also be carrying out track maintenance either side of the level crossing.
ARTC have advised that these works will be noisy, may generate dust, will utilise light towers for night work which will be positioned to shine away from residences. The project will be under traffic control. ARTC will implement measures to manage their impacts on the community.
ARTC have also advised they will schedule noisy work for daytime hours where possible and turn off machinery when not in use to minimise noise. Water carts will be used to reduce dust generated from site traffic and carry out visual inspections to help manage dust impacts.
Councillor Hawkins said the works are being undertaken to maintain a safe and reliable rail network. He said the timetable for the works is subject to change due to unplanned or unexpected events such as operational changes or heavy rain. He added that anyone requiring more information can email enviroline@ARTC.com.au or call 1300 550 402.