Restoring a roadway on the edge

Imagine a landslip taking so much from your one road out, it is no longer wide enough to drive a car. Instead you drive to one end of the landslip and using a wheelbarrow, load up your groceries and push them along the narrow remaining section of road to the other end of the landslip.

This is what happened to the residents of Boggy Creek Road, in Millingandi.

About three weeks ago after the last downpour on an already rain-soaked landscape, a section of Boggy Creek Road slid off into the creek below.

In doing so it left about a handful of residents without vehicular access.

Mike Wells and his family were some of the residents left stranded.

He said the unsealed Crown road had always been a bit rough but every so often the residents would pay to get it graded.

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However now the state of the road is well beyond grading and council has had to make some emergency repairs while investigating how a more permanent solution can be engineered.

"It (the landslip) was about 7m deep and about 10m wide; more than half the road had slipped down the hill into Boggy Creek," Mr Wells said.

"Council got a crew in to clear it so that we could walk across and one person managed to get a car across to the other side."

It meant there were cars parked on either end of about 100m where the road was closed due to the landslip.

Mr Wells said there was quite a bit of community spirit that developed between the usually distant neighbours at the far end of the road, with one neighbour producing a wheelbarrow so that shopping and school bags could be pushed along the narrow walkway.

On Monday, June 7 council was still working on stabilising the side of the road with rocks.

Council said local contractor J Michelin and Son had been engaged by council to undertake urgent temporary remediation works to the road and reinstate 5-tonne vehicular access.

"Traffic management arrangements are in place (including changed traffic conditions) and road users are encouraged to display the appropriate level of caution and care when travelling in the area," council said.

"While these temporary remediation works are being undertaken, council is continuing to progress with the engineering design for a permanent restoration solution," council added.

Mr Wells said that council had been very helpful throughout and that there had been discussion about using a fire trail as access but in the end work on Boggy Creek Road was considered to be the best way forward as it would provide at least one lane.

Council said the work was being funded under the joint Commonwealth/NSW Government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

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