MOTORISTS have been urged not to remove road barriers on Jamberoo Mountain Road while repairs are under way.
Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said some motorists had not heeded the 8am-5pm road closure between Misty Lane and The Abbey and simply moved the barriers out of the way.
‘‘Cars turned up and they were blocked by heavy vehicles and machinery,’’ he said.
‘‘They could well place someone else in danger, perhaps if they come around the corner a bit fast and there’s a piece of big heavy machinery with nowhere to go.’’
Concrete barriers have since been brought in.
The closure started on Tuesday and will finish this Friday, October 4.
‘‘It’s going to have to be monitored because we opened up the road, that bad section, yesterday above the Abbey and the water came pouring out of the side of the embankment,’’ Kiama Municipal Council acting general manager Bryan Whittaker said.
‘‘We were concerned when the water moved away, it’s obviously sucked some of that pavement down and cracked along the length of the road, not across the road, so there was a concern that we were going to lose that.
‘‘The geotech engineer’s been up there to have a look at it and says it’s still stable, but it’s a little wet.’’
Mr Whittaker said heavy machinery had to be kept away from the cracking and it was almost a case of ‘‘design as we go’’.
‘‘Because it’s not until you until you get into the physical earthworks that you can see what you’re dealing with,’’ he said.
The narrow surface and need for heavy machinery had forced the road closure and Mr Whittaker said residents in the vicinity had been informed.
‘‘It’s difficult for people who live there, we understand that, but the work’s got to be done and they’ve been anxious to see that work completed in fact, so we’re doing it as quick as we can.’’
Three more sections of road will require repairs after they were damaged in the March 2011 floods, with work to continue until November 15.
Residents along the affected section can still enter and exit their premises during the closure hours, but delays may be experienced – travel is unrestricted outside those times.
For more information, call 4232 0444.