Waterfall Way re-opens after flood damage
Waterfall Way has re-opened following extensive landslips between Dorrigo and Bellingen, restoring access for local communities and businesses.
Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said crews from Transport for NSW, Bellingen Council and local contractors had worked around the clock over the Easter long weekend to re-open the road that’s been closed since Friday, 19 March after 500mm of rain caused multiple landslips.
“We know the importance of this road to local communities and visitors, so restoring access as quickly as we could has always been our priority,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It’s been a challenging task with five major landslips and 12 minor slips along this key stretch of road, but we’ve had trucks hauling tonnes of material every day and crews carrying out geotechnical assessments and slip stability works.
“The NSW Nationals in Government are building a safer and stronger regional NSW by working tirelessly to clear roads and reconnect communities and vital transport routes.”
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said slopes along this vital route were stabilised using a technique called soil nailing.
“Crews have been placing dozens of nine-metre-long metal ‘nails’ at Newell Falls, located at the bottom of the range,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Over the long weekend, crews worked to clear the last sections of the huge Myers Bluff slip, and I’m delighted that we have now re-opened the road while we carry out completion works.”
Waterfall Way has re-opened between Dorrigo and Bellingen, with three sections operating as single-lane under traffic control while clean up and remediation works continue.
Transport for NSW and Council will continue to monitor the road, which may need to be closed at short notice should more land slips occur due to ongoing wet weather.