Sinkhole at Merimbula as heavy rains impact roads, roadworks

Ongoing: Roadworks to remediate previous landslips on Brown Mountain over the weekend. Picture: Leah Szanto
Ongoing: Roadworks to remediate previous landslips on Brown Mountain over the weekend. Picture: Leah Szanto

Last week's heavy rainfalls caused a sinkhole on Merimbula Drive and damage to incomplete road works in Tathra.

A Bega Valley Shire Council spokesperson said on Tuesday while there had been some damage across the shire, "our crews are out on the ground and working hard to rectify these issues".

One lane of Merimbula Drive was damaged by a 'sinkhole' given the enormous volume of rainfall runoff. The sunken section of road has been cordoned off until repairs can be carried out.

"Investigations into the extent of the damage in Merimbula Drive are complete and repairs are due to be carried out from Thursday to Saturday this week (weather permitting)," council said.

"Like at Tathra, council staff will be monitoring the site throughout the forecast rain.

"The changed traffic conditions will remain in place until the repairs are completed."

Meanwhile, existing roadworks in Tathra around Thompsons Drive and Tathra Road were ready to be re-sealed, but the rain has caused damage to these sections.

Ongoing monitoring will continue throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, with more heavy rain forecast.

"The rain has set this project back slightly, with sealing originally scheduled to be completed this week. The aim is to now have this finalised by May 21, with asphalt works to follow in the first week of June," the council spokesperson said.

Given continuing heavy rainfall forecasts, council urged all motorists to drive safely.

"As always, council is urging all motorists to drive to the conditions, adhere to all signage and follow any directions given by our staff out on the roads."

Further afield, works to prevent landslips on Brown Mountain have slowed, but there has been no further damage to the road surface following last week's downpour.

A spokesman for Transport for NSW said, "recent heavy rain has had an impact on progress on site, but Transport for NSW is reprogramming work with the aim of keeping to the existing eight-week schedule.

"There have been no additional landslips or rock slides that have impacted traffic."

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