The RTA is weighing up four options in the wake of last year’s collapse of the Bellingen to Bowraville road.
The RTA is weighing up four options in the wake of last year’s collapse of the Bellingen to Bowraville road. Contributed

$30m to fix flood-damaged road

A DECISION has not yet been reached about the future of the Bellingen to Bowraville road, which has now been closed for 15 months.

Residents of Spicketts Creek, in the Nambucca Shire, can't travel to Bowraville and still only have limited access to Bellingen. The road collapsed in last year's March 31 flood.

Engineering and cost assessments determined it will cost around $30 million to fix the road or move it to a safer route through private land.

It was revealed at yesterday's regular meeting of the Bellingen Shire Council that the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) is now assessing the social impacts of the different options for the road.

There was a public meeting at Briefield Hall last month and there is still a chance to comment through a public survey. For now, council's road asset manager Warwick Knight isn't betting on which of four options, including one to permanently close the road, will be taken up.

“It would be premature to say we will take one position or another without considering the social impacts,” Mr Knight said.

Bellingen mayor Councillor Mark Troy said the needs of residents were only part of the equation.

“A main issue is access for Emergency Services vehicles,” Cr Troy said. “For now the main focus is recovery.”



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