Ballina Shire Council staff show the extensive construction needed on the Coast Rd at Lennox Head in order to make it safe.
Ballina Shire Council staff show the extensive construction needed on the Coast Rd at Lennox Head in order to make it safe. Jay Cronan

Road needs hole lot of work

HERE'S your first look at the massive challenge facing Ballina Shire Council as work starts to fix the landslip on The Coast Rd at Lennox Head.

A 50-metre section of the road, which is the main connection between the village and Ballina, subsided after heavy rain and storms in January.

The council's engineering works manager, Paul Busmanis, said the $1.8 million project was a huge task.

One lane of The Coast Rd has been closed since the landslip, with vehicles controlled by automated traffic lights.

Repairs started earlier this month and the entire section of the road has been closed while the work takes place.

Mr Busmanis said the repairs were more complicated than originally thought.

"The investigations indicated that the failure of the road was in the natural ground below the road," he said.

"So what we've had to do is remove the road and dig out and remove the poor foundation material.

"Where we've removed the unsuitable foundations, it will be filled with rock base. We'll be using about 12,000 tonnes of rock.

"Once we've finished that we actually have to rebuild The Coast Rd."

Restoration will be a two-part process. The southern section is undergoing earthwork reconstruction, while piling remediation will be used for the northern section.

Although the council hopes to have the road reopened by Christmas, work could continue through until January.

Alternate routes are via North Creek Rd and Ross Ln.

 

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