The landslip on the Summerland Way 35km north of Kyogle which has reduced the road to one lane and closed it to heavy vehicles. Photo Contributed
The landslip on the Summerland Way 35km north of Kyogle which has reduced the road to one lane and closed it to heavy vehicles. Photo Contributed Contributed

Summerland Way repairs approved

WORK to stabilise a landslip which has closed one lane of the Summerland Way 35km north of Kyogle for the past month is expected to start next week.

Traffic past the slip site near Imbreys Rd has been reduced to one lane and the slip placed on 24-hour surveillance since mid-June when the embankment gave way in the ongoing wet weather.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) also closed the Summerland Way at the slip to all but local heavy traffic.

Only school buses, milk tankers and local delivery trucks from Kyogle, Woodenbong and Urbenville have been allowed to travel the road.

The slip, which initially occurred in February, has undermined the guard rail and is close to undermining one lane of the road.

Kyogle Council's director of technical services Graham Kennett said the traffic restrictions had successfully prevented the slip from further eroding the road's embankment while experts from RMS had worked with specialist contractors and the council to determine the best way of fixing the problem.

He said the work had now been approved by RMS and would probably start on Monday, taking up to a month to complete. Contractors will use a specialised stabilisation method where six-metre-long, 40mm round steel rods are shot into the embankment using compressed air.



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