Work continues to reopen Araluen Road

Work continues to restore full access along Araluen Road after the damage from fires, floods and heavy rain in 2020.

Eurobodalla Shire Council's director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe said bridges in the area were trafficable but a major landslip, 23km west of Moruya, and minor slips along the length of Araluen Road had made repairs challenging.

REBUILD: The council has replaced Bradburys with a more resilient concrete structure. Image: Council.

REBUILD: The council has replaced Bradburys with a more resilient concrete structure. Image: Council.

"Araluen Road continues to be closed to through traffic while we work to reopen the road in the medium-to-long term; either by removing the fallen rock and debris to undertake major reinforcement works, or by designing and constructing an alternative route around the major landslip site," Mr Sharpe said.

Mr Sharpe said 16 of the 28 slip sites along the length of Araluen Road had been cleared, with the remaining sites to be repaired this year.

He said two bridges - Pigeon Gully and Bradburys - had been replaced "with more resilient concrete structures".

"We've also let contracts to replace the remaining two timber bridges - McGregors Creek and Kennys Creek - with modular concrete structures. We'll access these sites from the Braidwood end due to the major slip at Knowles Creek," he said.

Through grant funding, the old timber Cody's Bridge on Larrys Mountain Road was also replaced with a concrete one.

Mr Sharpe said a number of fire-damaged trees had been removed, with monitoring in place to assess further die back along the roadside.

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