Estimates for repairing landslide damage at Lennox Head include the complete closure of The Coast Road for at least four weeks.
Estimates for repairing landslide damage at Lennox Head include the complete closure of The Coast Road for at least four weeks. Jay Cronan

Coast Rd fix to cost $1.7m

IT WILL cost more than $1.7 million to fix The Coast Road at Lennox Head, after it was damaged by a landslide in January this year.

One lane of the road has been closed since then and temporary traffic lights have been installed.

At tomorrow’s Ballina Shire Council meeting, a decision will be made on options for the road’s remediation now that geotechnical investigations have been completed.

The approach recommended by staff would split the work into two sections and cost about $1.75 million.

The southern half would involve earthworks reconstruction.

Piling is the preferred remediation for the northern half.

The council’s civil services group manager, John Truman, said the entire section of The Coast Road would have to be closed for a period of about four weeks.

Traffic would be diverted onto North Creek Road or Ross Lane.

Mr Truman also said the council was still in discussions with the RTA to finalise the total funding the council would receive as a result of the shire being declared a natural disaster area.

“Prior to the conclusion of this more recent assessment, the RTA had been advised that the project may be $1 million,” Mr Truman said.

“Obviously it is going to cost more than that.

"We will know very shortly about the funding, but there is no limit to what we can claim under that declaration.”

A further recommendation is that the northern section of North Creek Road should be repaired because of the temporary closure of The Coast Road.

It is likely to cost about $70,000.

Mr Truman said it was hoped work would start some time next month, but that will depend on approvals from the regulatory services group and the finalisation of the funding issues with the RTA.



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