Heavy vehicle detour
A LANDSLIP has closed the Summerland Way about 35km north of Kyogle to all heavy vehicles except school buses, milk tankers and local deliveries from Kyogle, Woodenbong and Urbenville.
Kyogle Council's technical services director Graham Kennett said continuing wet weather had exacerbated the slip near Imbreys Rd, which had initially occurred in February.
It had now undermined the guard rail and was close to undermining one lane of the road.
As well as closing the road to all but local heavy vehicles, the road at the slip site had been reduced to one lane of traffic.
Mr Kennett said the landslip had been placed under 24-hour surveillance on Friday and would continue to be watched until the embankment was stabilised.
That could take up to two weeks, with Roads and Maritime Services engaging specialist contractors to do the work.
Heavy vehicle detours have been put in place at Casino, Warwick, and Beau- desert, with traffic to be diverted along the Bruxner Highway, Pacific Highway and New England Highway.
A detour for heavy vehicles also has been set up in Kyogle and manned road closure points established at the intersection of the Summerland Way and Mount Lindesay Rd near Woodenbong, and Anzac Dve in Kyogle.
Mr Kennett said the two sites would be manned 24 hours a day by traffic controllers and the Summerland Way patrolled by police to ensure it was used only by authorised essential local heavy vehicles.
Unauthorised heavy vehicles more than 12 tonnes found travelling the road could face a hefty fine.
"Council is working closely with the RMS and their technical experts to ensure that the road can remain open to essential traffic, " Mr Kennett said.
Heavy vehicles wanting to use Summerland Way north of Kyogle must get approval from Kyogle Council. For details phone 6632 0221.