23 December, 2016

Write a Letter to Council about the Bad Roads

Dear Capertee Valley Resident,

You may be aware some of the roads in the Capertee Valley are in a terrible state of disrepair.  As a result we would like to initiate a letter writing campaign to council formalising the concerns many residents in the valley have over the state of the roads. 

We strongly urge all residents to write to council to voice their concerns.  We have a greater chance of council acting on complaints if we work together, please send a letter, the more letters council receive the greater our chance of timely action. 

I understand we are all really busy with the end of year quickly approaching, to make it a little easier please find an attached letter below we prepared earlier.  This letter is merely a guide, you can choose to alter the letter, add a problem or road that has been overlooked, change the wording or write your own letter. 

If you choose to send the attached letter don’t forget to add your name and address in the section at the top of the letter and add your name to the bottom.

Whichever you choose please just get a letter into Lithgow Council by post or email.  Letters can be posted to

Lithgow City Council
PO Box 19
180 Mort Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

Or emailed to


Yours faithfully

Combined Capertee Valley Community Groups

Capertee Valley Alliance Inc.
Capertee Valley Landcare Inc.
Glen Alice Community Association Inc.

Glen Davis Community Association Inc.






Name
Address
Town postcode

Date
The General Manager
Lithgow City Council
PO Box 19
LITHGOW NSW 2790

Email council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au

Dear Sir,

Re: Glen Alice Road, Capertee Valley

As a resident of the Capertee Valley I feel it is important to bring to your attention several issues with the Glen Alice Road.  Please find a road survey below with a detailed description of the road issues.  The survey was taken heading in a north to south direction commencing at the Lithgow Council-Midwestern Council boundary sign.  The Survey below was undertaken on the 28th November 2016.

Running Distance (km)
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Description
Comments
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Start of survey at Northern boundary of LGA


0.9
8.0
Large trees and tree branches overhanging Glen Alice Road.

The road has been resealed within the last few years however centrelines have not been marked.  There are several additional new sections along this road which lack centreline marking.

The edge of the road has deep drop offs causing deterioration of road surface and potential for vehicle rollover.
During recent rain events and wind storms, several large trees have fallen across the road.  Evidence of this is the frequency of sawn tree trunks and branches at the side of the road and most evident at Home Hills Road intersection.

As beautiful as it is to drive along a tree lined road one must consider the practicalities and safety issues involved.  Firstly several trees and branches are simply waiting for a strong wind to blow and fall onto a passing vehicle causing a fatal vehicle accident.
Moreover these branches interfere with the ability of large trucks and the school bus to traverse the road.  The excessive vegetative growth and leaning trees force large vehicle to drive onto the wrong side of the road, occasionally on blind corners and rises, to avoid the overhanging trees and branches.  It is very possible this will result in a fatal vehicle accident. 

Please remove all branches and trees over hanging the road.

This has been previously detailed in numerous correspondence from Community Groups and RFS to Council, including Council meeting held in the Capertee Valley. To date no action by Lithgow Council.

8.0

Bogee River Bridge
The approach to either end of the bridge needs severe tree lopping to allow oncoming motorists a clear line of sight approaching this one way bridge.  Also, grass and weeds visually obstructing the guardrails particularly at night.  I feel it is necessary for the safety of motorist that the grass and weeds need clearing both side approaches to the bridge.

Council should also consider the need for additional signage such as reduce speed signs and clearly marked areas for vehicles to stop and give way to oncoming traffic.  These measures would avoid a head-on collision on the one one-way bridge

The bitumen approaches to either end of the Bridge are heavily potholed and need re-constructing. There are existing potholes that need urgent attention to prevent a fatal car crash.

8.8

The northbound side of this section of road is heavily potholed.  Reconstruction of the northern side of the road may be necessary in addition to correct drainage to avoid the roads further deterioration.
Due to the extent of potholing along this road many residents and visitors to this valley have damaged their vehicle.  While I am worried about these potholes causing damage to my vehicle and damaging vehicle tyres, my greatest concern lies with the potential of a fatal car crash caused by a driver losing control of their vehicle due to a pothole.

9.5
12.3
Near Noola Road through to start of road construction near Port Macquarie Road.  Heavily potholed and dangerous to all types of vehicle.

This seal is approximately 40 years old.
Due to the extent of potholing along this road many residents and visitors to this valley have damaged their vehicle.  While I am worried about these potholes causing damage to my vehicle and damaging vehicle tyres my greatest concern lies with the potential of a fatal car crash caused by a driver losing control of their vehicle due to a combination of potholes causing damage to a vehicle causing a fatal car crash.

Repair to this section of the road has previously been requested by Community Groups from the Capertee Valley, dates of letters and phone calls can be supplied and agreed upon by Council.

12.3
15.2
New construction work where road base is being laid and levelled.
If it is true that sealing of this section will not be done until early 2017 then to avoid having the road base washed away a primer seal should be done

15.2

Drop edges need repairing
The edges to this section of the road continues to break away, causing a narrowing of safe road surface, and potential vehicle roll over.  To avoid such circumstances occurring it may be necessary for council to repack the road shoulders along this section of the road and the section described in 0.9-8kms

21.5

25 metre section of road is heavily damaged thus forcing drivers to the wrong side of the road on a blind crest, a 25m patch is required.
There are several very large potholes just below a blind crest on the road.  These potholes force drivers to the wrong side of the road on the blind crest. This is the potential site for a fatal car accident

23.0

Large pot hole
Large patch required.

23.0
24.6
New roadwork but edges have drop offs

This section of road has recently been laid however repair to the edge of the road due to lack of appropriate compaction and lack of drainage during construction has caused the road shoulder start to wash away.  

26.4

Bridge over creek at Glen Alice, approaches need ‘reduce speed’ and ‘narrow bridge ‘warning signs

As your aware this bridge over the Umbiella Creek is a one way bridge a give way sign has recently been installed.  However the signs approaching the bridge are obstructed by overhanging branches not giving drivers enough time to safely stop in order to give way.  It may be necessary to add additional safety signs.
In addition the pot holes along this section of the road are severe.  Some of the pot holes have pot holes. 
The potholes in several areas along this road are so large they have caused damage to vehicles and vehicle tyres.  The damages will continue to occur till this section of the road is replaced.  I reserve the right to apply to council to pay for any tyre or vehicle repair which occur to my vehicles due to this poorly maintained of this road.

27.6
To the tri-ways
Dirt road needs grading urgently
The potholes in several areas along this road are so large they are causing driver onto the wrong side of the road and to lose control of their vehicles.     The potholes are also causing damage to vehicles and vehicle tyres.  The damages will continue to occur till this section of the road is graded.  I reserve the right to apply to council to pay for any tyre or vehicle repairs which occur to my vehicles due to this poorly maintained of this road.

I appreciate the time you have taken to read this letter, however, due to the safety issues involved, your immediate response would be appreciated. 

Yours Faithfully


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