Work starts to stabilise Jenolan Caves Road
1 December 2020
A large slope in Hampton will be future-proofed with mesh, bolts and concrete to prevent heavy rainfall and wet conditions causing further landslips on Jenolan Caves Road.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said stabilisation work would permanently secure 500 metres of the slope across an area where there were significant landslips on to Jenolan Caves Road after heavy rainfall and winter weather during August.
"This work will help reduce the risk of this happening again, ensuring the best possible safety on our regional roads, and minimising disruption to the community and visitors to the area," Mr Toole said.
"A combination of vegetation control, installation of rock fall protection mesh, rock bolts and shotcrete, which is suitable for damp environments like in Hampton, will be used to secure the slope.
"Since the incident, for the safety of all motorists, the lane of traffic closest to the slope has been closed and under traffic management and we thank the community for its patience.
"On top of delivering a safer and more reliable road, the project will provide employment for 25 people, including local contractors, at a time when jobs in the region matter most."
Work started yesterday and will be carried out until Friday, 18 December, and from Monday, 11 January to Friday, 23 April next year.
There will be a break over the Christmas period between Saturday, 19 December and Sunday, 10 January, and if deemed safe, both lanes may open to motorists.
Work will be carried out from 7am to 5pm on weekdays, and occasional Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, as needed, weather permitting.
One lane will remain open for the duration of the project, with a reduced speed limit of 40km/h and stop/slow in place.