A garbage truck was the straw that broke the causeway’s back last Monday at 8.30am.
Nearby residents say they had been warning Byron Shire Council about the fragility of the causeway across the Brunswick River near Durrumbul but it took a large truck to bring home the point as the causeway collapsed beneath its weight.
Council engineers and staff were onsite until late in the afternoon building an interim road and rescuing the truck. Council staff and contractors built a temporary gravel access road, now open to traffic, utilising an existing culvert.
This will allow temporary access to Settlement Road, but drivers should note there is a five-tonne load limit on vehicles. Council has also installed a prefabricated walkway across the river at the site of the damaged culvert with associated barriers and signage.
Local primary and high schools have been notified of the damaged causeway.
Council has started assessing options for repair of the causeway and has had preliminary discussions with NSW Fisheries.