A view of the Pacific Highway near Shark Creek where protective cloth on a section that has previously slipped into the river has decayed.
A view of the Pacific Highway near Shark Creek where protective cloth on a section that has previously slipped into the river has decayed. MYRA JAMES

Road repairs unaffected by floods

THE multi-million dollar repairs to the collapsed section of the Pacific Highway near Shark Creek have not been affected by the recent floods, the RTA said yesterday.

However, residents are worried there might be some problems caused by the floodwater.

On Saturday, amateur photographer Myra James was so alarmed at the state of the riverbank near the highway, she took a series of photographs showing how much the repairs have degraded.

Protective materials used by the RTA to stabilise the riverbank have been torn to shreds and the river bank has collapsed on top of it.

Ms James said the only things separating the massive trucks rolling down the highway and the river was a small section of road and plastic road dividers.

“It looks like it is going to collapse any minute,” she said.

The problem with the section of road first surfaced on June 14, 2009, just after the floods in late May and early June.

At the time the RTA said floodwaters caused a water main to burst, which in turn had led to the erosion of the riverbank near the highway.

For three months traffic was delayed as the highway was repaired.

However, in mid-September, there was another collapse, which washed away most of the repairs which had been completed.

Yesterday, an RTA spokesperson said that the RTA was continuing to monitor the site, located about 34km north of Grafton near Byrons Lane.

“The RTA has inspected the site and there has not been any notable change in the condition after the recent flood,” she said.

“The riverbank slip occurred in June 2009 after the May 2009 floods.

“Responding to this, steel sheet piles were installed along the face of the slip. Work is ongoing, and will include rebuilding the face of the riverbank.

“It is expected to be completed by June 2011, weather permitting.”



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