Nationals leader Warren Truss, Nambucca Shire Council mayor Rhonda Hoban and Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker inspect the Riverside Dr road issues at Nambucca Heads.
Nationals leader Warren Truss, Nambucca Shire Council mayor Rhonda Hoban and Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker inspect the Riverside Dr road issues at Nambucca Heads. Contributed

Luke asks Nambucca residents for Truss on Riverside Dr fix

NATIONALS leader Warren Truss inspected one of the most dangerous local road blackspots this morning.

Along with Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker and Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban, the opposition spokesman for Infrastructure and Transport Mr Truss inspected the Riverside Dr site at Nambucca Heads.

Mr Truss found the dangerous stretch of road  is in danger of failing, placing at risk a number of houses and the safety of motorists.

Mr Hartsuyker said the section of road between the Nambucca Heads Tourist Information Centre and the northern entrance to Woodbell Street has shown signs of tremendous instability.

"This road project needs to be completed because of motorist safety and the potential for damage to private property," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Independent engineers have undertaken a geotechnical assessment of the road itself plus the adjacent embankments.

"They have advised council the bulk of this section of road was given a hazard rating of 'possible failure', with large sections rated as 'likely to fail' and one section as 'almost certain to fail'.

"The upslope embankments are also unstable and lined with private dwellings.

"Sections slip on a regular basis in reasonably heavy rainfall events.  The road carries traffic in excess of 6,000 vehicles per day."

Mr Hartsuyker said he's pushing for the Coalition to assist the Nambucca Shire Council with the cost of repair, should it form government after the Federal election.

"I understand Nambucca Shire Council does not have the financial resources to address this problem as a single works project," he said.

"Their only option is to address small sections in order of risk over many, many years. Resuming private property is not a feasible option based on cost.

"The problem area needs to be completely stabilised and the worst section of road around the tidal flats reconstructed."



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