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Load limit lifted on Durrumbul causeway

The five-tonne load limit on a causeway at Durrumbul near Mullumbimby has been lifted after steel plates were today placed over the damaged sections to reinforce it.

The causeway is one of three in the area that had load limit restrictions in place because of Council concerns about the structural integrity of the culverts and the potential threat to public safety.

Byron Shire Council’s Manager Works, Tony Nash, said the decision to install steel plates on the Durrumbul causeway was made after Council received a report by specialist engineers who were commissioned to find a structural solution to allow for the load limits on all the culverts to be lifted.

“On the advice of the consultants we installed the steel plates on the Durrumbul causeway on Friday 6 October,” Mr Nash said.

“Council expects to put steel plates across two other causeways on Main Arm Road near the Kohinur Hall next week,” he said.

“Five tonne load limits were imposed on these causeways in September this year to ensure the safety of the community after inspections revealed the culverts had deteriorated significantly after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“All going well the load limits on the causeways at Main Arm will be lifted by the end of next week, which will allow water trucks, the school bus and other heavy vehicles to once again service residents in that area,” Mr Nash said.

The causeway crossing will however be one lane and people are asked to observe the Give Way signs.

“The installation of the steel plates is not a long-term solution but they will allow much better access for the local community than would otherwise be available,” Mr Nash said.

“Once the causeways are stabilised staff will commence work on long-term solutions that will ensure  access for communities for many years,” he said.

“I appreciate the load restrictions on the causeways have caused inconvenience for some people and I thank the local residents and regular users of Durrumbul Road and Main Arm Road for their understanding and cooperation over the last several weeks,” Mr Nash said.

For more information contact Dan Strzina, Project Engineer, on 6626 7000.

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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.