Jenolan Caves Road to close due to safety concerns
6 February 2020
From 7am tomorrow, 7 February, motorists will be unable to access Jenolan Caves due to road closures between Duckmaloi Road and Edith Road at Bastard Point Road intersection as a result of forecast heavy rainfall in the area.
Transport for NSW Director Western Alistair Lunn said for safety reasons, the road will be closed from 7am as there are concerns about how an inundation of water will affect the recently bushfire ravaged landscape.
“Closing the road again is the last thing we want to have to do but for safety reasons we have no choice. We are working closely with Jenolan Caves to ensure they are aware,” Mr Lunn said.
“Loss of vegetation, particularly ground cover, in fire affected areas has resulted in large areas of exposed soil on steep slopes which in turn are more susceptible to landslides and erosion.
“There are also a significant number of loose rock fragments which have an increased likelihood of rolling down the slope and on to the road.
“Given current weather forecasts are predicting heavy and prolonged rainfall in the area over the coming days, the first in the area since the bushfires, it is essential for safety reasons that the road is closed until it can be assessed safe for traffic.”
Mr Lunn said a geotechnical assessment of the road will be carried out by crews as soon as it was safe to do so once the rain had subsided.
Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience during this time.