ABOVE: The landslip on the Bruxner Hwy at the Mallanganee Range. Photo: Contributed
An urgent message has come through from police about Bulmers Rd.
A truck loaded with cattle nearly slid over the side off the road today.
The road is muddy and slippery.
Mick Jones from Bonalbo Police said the road was dangerous.
“Use only as last resort. Do not take trucks, trucks with cattle, any large vehicles this way,” he said.
“You must go via Woodenbong for now.”
Kyogle Council’s road network is open to traffic with the exception of the Bruxner Hwy at the Mallanganee Range and Kyogle Rd at the Cawongla Range.
Both remain closed due to landslips and detours are in place.
Specialist contractors will arrive on site at the Bruxner Hwy Mallanganee Range landslip on Monday morning to remove dangerous trees.
This will allow the landslip to be assessed and work to clear the highway to continue.
Councillor James Murray posted on Facebook that the “the official word on Mallanganee Range is two weeks until the road is right”.
“Council’s priorities are on the eastern part of the Shire where 180 houses are isolated.”
The Bruxner Hwy landslip is on a Transport for NSW-managed road and Kyogle Council works under its direction. Council has crews ready to start work as soon as Transport for NSW finalises the remediation plan.
The detour for through traffic on the Bruxner Hwy is via the Clarence Way through Woodenbong and Summerland Way to Kyogle and Casino.
The condition of this road is substandard with potholes and a crumbling road surface. Drive it slowly and with caution.
Geotechnical engineers will assess the Cawongla Range landslip at the weekend, with the expectation that work on temporary access will start early next week.
The detour for Kyogle Rd is via Summerland Way and Bentley Rd to Lismore, then Nimbin Road and Stoney Chute Road.
Local drivers should note that Transport for NSW has directed Pacific Hwy traffic to detour at Grafton and travel along the Summerland Way through Casino to Cedar Point, along the Bentley Rd to Lismore and onto the Bruxner Hwy to rejoin the Pacific Hwy at Ballina (and reverse if travelling south).
Expect higher than normal traffic volumes and larger heavy vehicles. The detour will be in place all weekend and will continue into next week.
The roads below where residents are isolating are not expected to be open before the end of next week:
• Creegans Road
• The Risk Road
• Dugans Road
• Capeen Creek Road
• Gabal Road
Residents in these areas that need assistance should contact the SES either by phone 132 500 or via the SES website.
If your communications are out and all you have is Facebook, the Northern Rivers SES Facebook page is being monitored and you can leave a comment that includes your name, address contact details and assistance required for the SES to action.
Residents are asked to still avoid all non-essential travel as we work to restore access. You can report issues by:
• Calling Kyogle Council during business hours on 6632 1611 and the after hours and emergency number is 6626 6800.
• emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
• online here