Rain causes closure for Jenolan Caves Road
11 February 2020
Jenolan Caves Road will remain closed after heavy rainfall and localised flooding caused fallen trees, branches, dirt and rocks to wash onto the road.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said crews were working around the clock to re-open the road as soon as possible.
"While the recent rain has been a welcome reprieve to dry conditions, it hasn’t been without its challenges," Mr Toole said.
"Recent bushfires caused significant damage to Jenolan Caves Road, which required burnt out bitumen to be re-laid, burnt trees removed and burnt-out road signs replaced.
"Although ‘Two Mile’ was temporarily re-opened following the bushfires, the decision was made late last week to pre-emptively close the road again ahead of the storms.
"As the fires stripped ground coverage, the 300 millimetre deluge over the weekend saw nearby debris wash onto the road surface, creating a definite hazard for motorists.
"Transport for NSW crews have inspected the road, slopes and surrounding area and are now working closely with Caves House and local residents, to repair and re-open the road to reinstate access to these areas."
Impacted residents will be kept updated as repair work continues, which is expected to be completed within the week, weather permitting. ‘Five Mile’ also remains closed while remediation work continues.