Operation Road Restore

Operation Road Restore Project Completed

The largest roadworks project Dalby has ever seen, dubbed Operation Road Restore, was the equivalent size of a marathon 30 year roadworks program.

The tight deadline provided by the State and Federal Government meant that roads affected by the 2010/11 summer floods, on 119 Dalby urban blocks, on 43 roads, had to be restored in a year and a half; a sprint comparatively speaking.

Council made a number of innovations around how roadworks were managed and conducted, resulting in the marathon project not just being completed in sprint fashion, but completed two months ahead of schedule.

The same innovations that saw the project completed ahead of schedule, also provided budget savings. For this project, Council’s co-contribution for complementary kerb and channelling work was budgeted at $6 million, and the final cost will be about $6 million. This is a significant achievement given some additional opportunities to enhance some roads was taken.

State and Federal Governments contributed to Operation Road Restore through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements(NDRRA). The revised approved contribution was $22 million but the final amount for this funding will be closer to $19 million – that’s a $3 million saving!

So the revised overall project budget was $28 million and it will end up being about $25 million – so this marathon project will also come in under-budget.

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillors Andrew Smith said these are significant achievements given this is the first roadworks project of this scale that Council has managed.

“The successful management and completion of Operation Road Restore within the funding deadlines and with notable budget savings, all without compromising quality, is a testament to Council’s progressive approach,” he said.

“Roads reconstructed under Operation Road Restore will be stronger and last longer, giving the community a durable long-term asset. I’d like to thank the Dalby community for their cooperation and patience during Operation Road Restore, as it was an intensive period of roadworks that we couldn’t have completed without working together. I’d also like to commend our dedicated and talented work crews and engineers who worked tirelessly to make Operation Road Restore the success it is.”

Operator Road Restore was a component of the broader Regional Flood Recovery Works project. This program began in late 2012 and will be continuing until all roads across the Western Downs region damaged during flood and heavy rainfall events in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 have been repaired and restored. Find out more on the Regional Flood Recovery Works webpage…


Operation Road Restore at a glance

Objective – Reconstruct roads on 119 Dalby urban blocks, on 43 roads, damaged from summer 2010/11 floods in 19 months


  • Increased scope – significantly upscaled Council’s standard planning processes, which are normally structured towards reconstructing roads on four urban blocks a year
  • Modernised processes – using specialist contractors for specific phases
  • Communication – increased the direct communication with residents through letterbox drops and door-knocking


  • Extensive planning – including investigating utility placements, which would not normally be moved but needed to be during this project to prevent damage
  • Internal and external crews – Council crews coordinated and prepared on-site work with specialist sub-contractors to halve the time four urban blocks could be reconstructed
  • Focused workers – Council crews displayed determination by working above and beyond their usual hours to ensure schedules were maintained
  • Improved infrastructure – upgraded or built kerbing and channelling to better manage water flow and help the new roads to better survive future heavy rainfall or flood events
  • Shorten processes – double-coating road seals rather than the usual one-layer-at-a-time approach reduced timeframes while maintaining quality


  • 2013 flood events – some sites were inundated with water during the January and March events, but crews and contractors worked extra hours to ensure works remained on schedule
  • Reworking some streets – due to gravel being below grade, Council re-worked the surfaces on Edward, Wood and Bunya Streets at the time to ensure the issues were dealt with in a timely manner
  • Minor defects in road surface – given the nature of road construction and the size of this project, it was not unusual for some minor defects to appear, but these were rectified at the time to ensure quality assurance systems were maintained


  • Public feedback – residents were very cooperative and understanding and Council received few formal complaints. This is a credit to how Council staff and the community can work hand-in-hand to deliver a project of such magnitude
  • Budget savings – ensured Council’s co-contribution stayed on target for the budgeted $6 million; whilst saving the joint State and Federal Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) program $3 million
  • Delivery timeframe – project began in November 2012 with an original completion date of July 2014. Shortly after the project began the completion date was moved forward to meet funding deadlines. The final reseal was laid in April 2014, meaning the project was completed two months ahead of the final delivery date

Congratulations to Council’s Works Teams for completing the equivalent of a 30-year roadworks program in less than 1.5 years!

For information on other Regional Flood Recovery Works already underway across the region, visit the Regional Flood Recovery Works webpage or call 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624).

For information in relation to roadworks on the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Dalby
please visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website, as they are delivering these works.

If you require further information about flood-related roadworks in the Darling Downs Region, please contact the Reconstruction Communications Team by email: reconstruct_darlingdowns@tmr.qld.gov.au or by free call 1800 063 397 (during business hours).