A STEEP embankment alongside Lobban Road has caused concern for members of the public who have noticed a section of soil has begun to slide down onto the barriers.
Roger Merchant walks the road each day and noticed recently that a part of the bank had begun to slide.
He said in sections there was once a metre of space between the barrier and the bank, which is now filled with soil.
Greater Taree City Council is aware of the slide and has planned works along Lobban Road to further secure the slope.
The job was included in the Lobban Road work, which saw the route into town closed for weeks, but was scheduled for a later date to speed up the opening time of the road.
“The road is currently safe. The ‘jersey barrier’ placed along that segment did its job and retained the slippage. The barriers have worked to design,” a spokesman for council said.
Council will undertake works to secure the slope as designed by council’s geotechnical engineer. The works typically include a mixture of gabion rock baskets and soil/rock nails.
Further techniques may be employed once the slope is cleared and the base excavated for the gabions.
“At that point, a further assessment of the cleared slope is also planned to finalise the design,” he added.
The securing work can be conducted under traffic conditions.