Work powers on to restore Waterfall Way
6 May 2021
Work is well underway to restore Waterfall Way, following extensive landslips between Dorrigo and Bellingen, with one single lane section now reopened to traffic in both directions.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said crews from Bellingen Council were working alongside local contractors to get the road fully reopened as soon as possible.
“More than 500mm of rain fell in the Thora area during the recent severe weather event, causing five major landslips and 12 minor slips along this stretch of road,” Mr Toole said.
“Our crews have been filling trucks with tonnes of material every day, while also carrying out geotechnical assessments and slip stability works to ensure we could restore access as quickly as possible.”
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the steep and narrow roadway has made it difficult to re-open the road.
“We’ve now reopened the section at Newell Falls to two-way traffic and will continue to work on the other two sections – near Myers Bluff and a section two kilometres west of Bellingen – to restore them to pre-flood condition as soon as possible,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The safety of workers and road users remains our top priority, considering the narrow road space available to operate machinery and the potential for new land slips and falling trees.
“Work at Newell Falls has used a technique called ‘soil nailing’, which uses nine-metre metal ‘nails’ together with steel mesh and matting to stabilise slopes.”
Work is expected to start on the next section located two kilometres west of Bellingen in July.
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