Courts Road to be extended to combat flooding

The NRA is extending Courts Road to help with drainage problems in the area. - Photo: Carolina Lopez

The National Roads Authority is extending Courts Road towards the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to help deal with flooding and drainage issues.

Edward Howard, acting managing director of the NRA, said the landowner had given the roads authority permission to clear out the area as far as the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Howard said the Courts Road area floods quite extensively and NRA has extended it to tie into the existing Mosquito Research and Control Unit dyke system, which combats mosquitoes and acts as a horizontal drainage conveyance for the area.

“There are no current plans to make this a formal public road, but that may change in the future depending on traffic demand,” Howard said.

He said the NRA would give some consideration to it becoming a public road at some point as it has received positive comments from members of the public. However, he added that the NRA would have to assess the potential impact on the Courts Road community of turning the extension into a public road.