Treacherous road re-graded by the council after close call
A TREACHEROUS section of a Nymboida road, known to locals as "suicide bend", has undergone repairs after reports of a number of vehicles careening off the road.
Concerned resident Narelle Barker sent a letter to the Clarence Valley Council about a poorly graded section of Glens Creek Rd last month, after she came completely off the road while driving at no more than 30km an hour.
This was despite the fact she has lived on the road for two and a half years, and had noticed a steady decline in the condition of the grading at the bottom of a steep hill ever since.
"Lucky for me I've got a four wheel drive but it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying," she said.
"I live at the top of the hill and would hear people going down there and almost expect to hear a nasty crash."
Ms Barker said she had heard stories from fellow residents about cars, motorbikes and even a logging truck which came into trouble on the same bend recently.
"Being a local I know it's a treacherous corner but there's no indicators anywhere for people who don't know this road.
"I couldn't imagine what the school bus driver has gone through. He drives that road four times a day."
Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said due to the nature of concerns raised by residents, council staff decided they would get a better understanding of them by travelling on the local bus and speaking with the driver.
He said a number of issues were identified during that inspection, particularly the condition of one bend and the volume of loose material in some of the causeways.
"We've added gravel to the bend to cover the slippery surface as well as enhancing the cross fall of the corner," he said.
"The causeways have been tidied up, but they will soon need re-sheeting. The other areas will be rectified when we next do the maintenance grade.
"We take the concerns of road users seriously and are pleased the action we have taken seems to have eased those concerns."
Mr Anderson said the council found it difficult to maintain all roads to the standards road users expected because of funding constraints.
"We have close to 2500km of roads in the council area and they could all benefit from more maintenance," he said.
Ms Barker, who was a council project manager in London for 15 years, said she was glad to see the work had been done using proper grading equipment, but would reserve judgement on the quality of the work until it rained.
"I'm happy that something is finally getting done and people are feeling safer on the road, but we'll see how it holds up," she said after inspecting the work.
"It looks a bit more stable than what they're done in the past. In the past it's all washed away."