Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

RTA Slips Up as Highway Repairs Fall into Clarence

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

RTA Slips Up as Highway Repairs Fall into Clarence

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Byline: TERRY DEEFHOLTS terry.deefholts@dailyexaminer.com.au

FOR the third time in as many months, a 50-metre section of embankment on the edge of the Pacific Highway near Byrons Lane, Shark Creek, has fallen into the Clarence River.

The most recent incident occurred on Saturday night when rocks, which had been used for slope stabilisation during the RTA's repairs, fell into the river, taking a sizable section of riverbank and roadside with them.

The first slip occurred on Sunday, June 14, and the RTA has since been attempting to repair the tricky section of road and its underlying support.

An RTA statement issued yesterday said: "The cost to restore two lane operation at Byrons Lane is estimated to be around $1.8 million. There is no separate cost available for the component to repair the embankment."

Although the RTA was not able to confirm this yesterday, previous reports suggested the cause of the first slip was a falling tree that burst a water pipe, which in turn eroded the road base. …

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