Work worth $2.3 million begins

WORKS to repair a landslip north of Kyogle, which has closed the Summerland Way to heavy vehicles since June, will cost $2.3 million and are not expected to be completed until September.

The landslip, which is 35km north of the town near Imbreys Rd, initially occurred in February but was exacerbated by June rains, which undermined the guardrail and threatened one lane of the road.

Design work on the repairs has been completed and repairs have begun with the proposed design being tested along the way to ensure works can proceed safely.

State-first technology is also being used for the repairs.

"The first stage of work involves temporary stabilisation of the collapsed embankment using 6m-long 'nails'. This will provide a safe environment for the second stage of repairs," a spokeswoman for the Roads and Maritime Service said. "This is the first time this technique has been used in NSW and will remove the need to fully close the road for repair which aims to reduce the impacts on road users."

The second stage of repairs will involve removing the slip debris and rebuilding the failed embankment.

Heavy vehicle restrictions will remain until stabilisation works are completed and will continue to be monitored by Kyogle Council staff 24-hours a day.

"The 24-hour traffic monitoring staff are in place to help enforce the heavy vehicle restriction, monitor the local access and to detour vehicles without permits," the spokeswoman said.

"The (council) staff are also in place to monitor the condition of the site and alert RMS engineers should large movements occur."



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