NAUGHTONS Gap Road will remain closed for at least the next three months as Council assesses the landslip which occurred during last month’s flooding rains.
Richmond Valley Council’s Director Community Service Delivery Angela Jones said the road was continuing to move following the initial landslip and a detailed geotechnical assessment was required before any repairs could be undertaken.
“Council has engaged a specialist geotechnical contractor to monitor the area,” Ms Jones said.
“What we do know is that there has been a substantial slippage of earth quite deep underneath the road, which has destabilised the pavement and created a series of expanding cracks.
“Our goal now is to understand how fast these cracks are moving, and how much of the surrounding soil has been weakened.
“This will give Council a picture of what is needed to properly rebuild the road in the most resilient and cost-effective manner possible, and then make an application for disaster funding from Transport for NSW.”
Ms Jones said Naughtons Gap Road was an important local road with approximately 1300 vehicles a day during normal operation, and a top priority for repair.
“Council apologises for the inconvenience for those residents who rely on this arterial road, but due to the possibility of the road slipping further, we simply cannot risk any traffic movements,” Ms Jones said.
“Only once we have a detailed picture of the extent of the movement underneath the road can we begin considering options for repairs.
“Our priority is to assess the problem, develop a realistic solution, and provide a timeframe for repairs as soon as possible.
“We will continue to provide regular updates to the community on this evolving situation.
“In the meantime, diversions are in place around Naughtons Gap via Manifold Road.”