FOUR hours was the time it took Bellingen Shire Council to remove the giant boulder that plummeted onto Waterfall Way late last night.
The above photo of a man standing next to the massive rock in the centre of the left-hand side of the road has circulated around local media outlets and social media in the last 24 hours.
Deputy general manager operations, Matt Fanning said the four hour period to remove the rock was necessary due to a number of processes undertaken to safely remove the rock from the road.
Mr Fanning said the council were called at around 10.30pm Sunday night and completed the mammoth job at around 1.30am this morning.
He said the flow of traffic was managed by council staff on the scene over the four hour period.
Bellingen Shire Council have spoken to the Roads and Maritime Authority who are assessing the area.
The RMS were contacted for comment.
No one was injured during the rockfall.
About a year ago, Waterfall Way was one of seven sites selected by the RMS to conduct construction works to improve safety and reduce the risk of debris from the slopes blocking the road.
The RMS have previously said the road is an important heavy traffic route between Armidale and the Pacific Hwy.