Kings Highway closed at Pooh Corner following massive landslide

johnboy 20 April 2012 58

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The NSW RTA is showing the Kings Highway closed at Pooh Corner in both directions due to a landslide.

They advise taking the Illawarra or Snowy Mountains Highways as alternative if you’re heading to the coast this weekend.

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UPDATE: 20/04/12 14:07: The Bay Post reports the road will be closed for some time:

Both lanes of the Kings Highway are completely blocked with rubble and trees after a huge landslide on the Clyde Mountain.
Police are advising only Nelligen residents should use the Kings Highway as it is expected the highway will be closed for some time.

It is believed the cliff landslide occurred at about 1.30pm this afternoon, about 400m west of Pooh Bear corner.

It is not known at this stage if anyone is injured or any vehicles are trapped amongst the rubble, but police have inspected the site and say there are no obvious signs anyone is trapped.

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poetix poetix 4:35 pm 20 Apr 12

Araluen Road is able to be driven in a rear wheel drive car. Rough, wet and scary, and Mr Poetix nearly soiled himself, but it can be done. Do not try it at night though.

It takes forever, too.

grundy grundy 4:30 pm 20 Apr 12

Good thing that wire mesh was there to stop it.

aussielyn aussielyn 4:14 pm 20 Apr 12

Any news about Pooh Bear himself. Is he OK?
Is he injured & trapped inside his cave, dare I say it, entombed?

MJay MJay 4:14 pm 20 Apr 12

Can always go via Moss Vale/Kangaroo Valley if you are not heading somewhere on the far south coast.

Me no fry Me no fry 4:06 pm 20 Apr 12

I drove past on Thursday and noticed a minor slip. Didn’t think there had been enough rain to cause a major slip, but maybe it has all accumulated over the past few months and made the ground unstable.

Does anyone know what the Murrays service to/from the coast will be doing? Running/not running, and if running, what route?

p1 p1 3:56 pm 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

It saddens me that many of the drivers on out roads might be sufficiently poor at operating a motor vehicle that they cannot, will not, or should not consider attempting 18km of unsealed road.

Having said that, I am happier the less other people are on a road with me, so would like to suggest a few other roads that could be converted to dirt.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:55 pm 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

There’s two things you need to remember when you drive on difficult roads:
1) Go slowly – slow enough that you can comfortably stop well within sight.
2) If traffic builds up behind you, pull over and let them go.

Obviously use gentle control inputs to reduce the risk of sliding.

EvanJames EvanJames 3:24 pm 20 Apr 12

Gungahlin Al said :

johnboy said :

floods, earthquakes, fog, now cut off from The Bay.

Surely the zombie apocalypse is next?

Connect the dots – this WAS the earthquake. You all thought you got off scott-free, but now your beach weekend is tantalisingly out of reach. It’s God’s way of punishing us all for turning out in such huge numbers to see that pagan Richard Dawkins.

It’s most likely the last Indian Summer warm weekend, too. Anzac day sees the colder air arrive, bringing us to more seasonably-appropriate temperatures.

EvanJames EvanJames 3:23 pm 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

This should be good. Might be worth grabbing a deck chair and esky and heading off to watch the fun!

I was overtaken by a local in an Excel on the dirt bit many years ago, he was absolutely caning along. I was impressed.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 3:21 pm 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

floods, earthquakes, fog, now cut off from The Bay.

Surely the zombie apocalypse is next?

Connect the dots – this WAS the earthquake. You all thought you got off scott-free, but now your beach weekend is tantalisingly out of reach. It’s God’s way of punishing us all for turning out in such huge numbers to see that pagan Richard Dawkins.

bitzermaloney bitzermaloney 3:21 pm 20 Apr 12

With the Brown Mountain pass also closed isn’t it about time the NSW grubbymint think about at least ONE reliable highway down the mountain?

EvanJames EvanJames 3:18 pm 20 Apr 12

Is Brown Mountain still closed? RTA thing seems to suggest it isn’t. The crazed Canberra drivers will NOT like the Nerriga Route, I think part of it still has (gasp) DIRT! And everyone knows, these days you can’t drive on DIRT unless you have a 4WD.

    johnboy johnboy 3:21 pm 20 Apr 12

    brown mountain is open again, but not sure you’d trust it until things dry out a bit.

    Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

littlevixen littlevixen 3:08 pm 20 Apr 12

i have a photo of the landslide but not sure how to post it?

SnapperJack SnapperJack 2:38 pm 20 Apr 12

Gee, the NSW RMS is now officially calling the area Pooh Bear’s Corner.

I always thought that was just a nickname used by holidaying public servants from Canberra.

trevar trevar 2:32 pm 20 Apr 12

Queensland had a landslide recently too, but they didn’t shut it down…

p1 p1 2:22 pm 20 Apr 12

Going through Nerriga only adds 30km to a trip to Ulladulla (considerably more to the Bay though….

The Very Serious Issue™ that you haven’t addressed though JB, is – Did Pooh Bears Cave survive the landslip??!!

johnboy johnboy 2:20 pm 20 Apr 12
johnboy johnboy 2:15 pm 20 Apr 12

floods, earthquakes, fog, now cut off from The Bay.

Surely the zombie apocalypse is next?

Dilandach Dilandach 1:59 pm 20 Apr 12

oh d-d-d-dear.

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