Thanks to some proactive planning, our SMC, PSMC and ITS crews were geared up and ready to face the downpour that hit Sydney last week.
Our SMC and PSMC teams responded to 139 registered call-outs as well as 85 active faults and 52 critical faults for our ITS team. Collectively the crews were dispatched and worked around the clock over the weekend to clear debris, tree and vegetation damage, pavement and pothole repair, traffic and incident clearing and the setup of road closures to ensure safety surrounding tidal overflows.
Our SMC team were kept busy responding to 6 bridges under water due to the Hawkesbury River overflowing its banks. These bridges are a vital transport link to local communities and with little option for alternative routes, our crews had to work fast to restore these links.
With knowledge of the intense weather conditions soon to hit Sydney, our PSMC team prepared early by stocking up and resourcing teams and key personnel. Crews attended to a number of emergency call outs that required minor flooding and stormwater drainage, pavement repair and clearing of landslide debris.
Our ITS teams were inundated with faults across the network responding to 52 critical ones that were discovered on Monday morning. These faults included significant water damage to controller and cables. Providing assistance, an additional 5 crews were sent to supplement maintenance crews who were to eventually able to clear all 52 critical faults by Monday evening.
We acknowledge the commitment our Sydney teams showed to deliver these works safely and efficiently in trying and difficult conditions.
DM Roads proudly serves the NSW community with fast and efficient road network solutions in rain, hail or shine.