13 March 2024

Repairs to finally start on Moss Vale Road after landslip damage in 2022 deluge

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A landslide covering a road.

Moss Vale Road at Cambewarra Mountain suffered major damage during the 2022 deluge. Photos: Supplied.

Moss Vale Road at Cambewarra Mountain will be closed five nights a week when work finally gets underway to restore full vehicle access on the troubled road.

Record-breaking rainfall during 2022 caused widespread damage to sections of the road, including at Cambewarra Mountain. A section of Moss Vale Road has been under 24/7 traffic signals since then.

Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips said she was thrilled that works were finally set to start after Easter.

“I know this will come as a huge relief to locals living on Cambewarra Mountain, in Kangaroo Valley, nearby villages and our wider region,” she said.

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is managing 50 landslip damage sites on the road at both Barrengarry and Cambewarra mountains as part of its Natural Disaster Recovery Repair Program.

Since the initial damage occurred, TfNSW has managed more than 150,000 work hours across Moss Vale Road and completed repairs at 24 of the sites.

Specialist contractors The Rix Group and Retaining Specialists have been appointed to complete repairs to landslip damage and work is expected to start on 2 April, weather permitting.

The road will be closed to traffic while work is carried out at night between 7 pm and 5 am Sunday to Thursday, when traffic volumes are lower.

Damage to the side of a road.

Work will start next month to repair landslip damage on Moss Vale Road. Photo: Supplied.

To maintain traffic access for those who need to use the road, work will be briefly suspended for five-minute periods at 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm, midnight, 2 am and 4 am.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Detours for light vehicles will be via Kangaroo Valley Road. Motorists should allow 25 minutes additional travel time. Vehicles longer than 7.5 m or heavier than 12t GVM can detour via the Illawarra Highway and Princes Highway, adding 90 minutes travel time.

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The Federal and NSW governments are funding the $5 million repair works through Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchison said natural disasters had caused widespread damage to huge parts of the state’s road network.

“I am delighted to see this long-awaited work will soon be carried out on Moss Vale Road and I thank the community for its patience and understanding of the need to put safety first while repair works were organised,” she said.

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