Road to repair: Long way before landslips are fixed

WORK on the landslips affecting the Eastern Dorrigo Way will begin shortly but don't expect normal services to return in the near future.

"It will be several months of work to repair the major slip," Coffs Harbour City Council's director of city services, Ben Lawson, said.

"There's about eight minor slips as well so there's a reasonable amount of work."

The major slip happened during the heavy storm that hit the Coffs Coast on February 22.

It is above Bellaspur, about 10km from the Coramba Rd turnoff. The road is reduced to one lane but work on a repair is due to begin soon.

Once roadworks begin, the road will be closed between 9am and 4pm but an alternative route is being created.

At the moment the council is inspecting the 1260 Forest Rd between Moleton and Glenreagh.

It is currently passable by 4WD and heavy vehicles.

The council, in conjunction with the Forestry Corporation of NSW, is undertaking immediate works so all vehicles will be able to use this route.

The council has also been in contact with Beaumont Buses with a view to using a suitably sized bus so normal school bus services can resume, with the approval of the Department of Education and Communities.

Parents and guardians will be advised of arrangements by Beaumonts as they drop off and collect their children.

"The contractor is due here shortly to begin repairs on the slips already on the road before the latest event," Mr Lawson said.

It is expected that site construction activities will start within the next two weeks.

Following confirmation of the Bellaspur site's safety and risk assessment, it is expected that Eastern Dorrigo Way will remain open to all essential and local traffic until construction activities begin.

Vehicles with a wheel base greater than six metres will not be able to use Eastern Dorrigo Way.

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