Naughtons Gap Road will be closed for some time following geotechnical testing on the storm-damaged section between Stones Road and Rambaldinis Road.
An initial inspection by Council crews showed significant damage, which was supported by a Civil Consult engineer who identified quite a large slip caused by the recent deluge.
Ongoing monitoring is showing the road is still moving, hence the decision to keep it closed in the interests of public safety.
This is a known landslip area due to the soil type and terrain, and it is vital the road is repaired properly, which can take a significant amount of time.
Traffic control is in place, with motorists being diverted via Spring Grove Road or Manifold Road.
Council will be applying for disaster funding to cover the costs of returning the road to its pre-storm condition.
The Richmond Valley local government area is covered through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Council is currently going through the process of documenting the full extent of the damage to our road network following the disaster and preparing a program of works, prioritising urgent repairs, with a funding application to be made through the DRFA.
Council will keep the community updated on this process and a timeline for repair works once it becomes available.