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Bulli Pass gridlock as extreme weather closes Mt Ousley Road

TRAFFIC on Bulli Pass remains heavy with the closure of Mt Ousley Road after concern an escarpment dam may burst its banks.

Mt Ousley Road was closed last night as a precautionary safety measure due to conditions created by a nearby property dam exceeding capacity following intense rainfall in the area.

At this stage, Mt Ousley Road is closed to northbound vehicles only.

Transport for NSW crews are on site monitoring the safety risks for southbound vehicles and will take action if necessary.

Northbound light vehicles are being diverted via Bulli Pass and Lawrence Hargrave Drive where traffic remains heavy.

Traffic on Bulli Pass is heavy with speed limits reduced to 40kmh after the rain caused “road damage”.

There is no access on Mt Ousley for heavy vehicles, which are being parked up in the area until access can be restored.

Emergency serivces are on site and currently working to release water from the dam.

Access to Mt Ousley Road will be restored as it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile Lawrence Hargrave Drive between Clifton School Parade and Railway Avenue at Clifton has reopened after a landslide closed the road in the early hours of this morning.

Transport for NSW advises all road users to avoid non-essential travel if possible, refer to Live Traffic NSW for the latest information, drive safely, and never drive through floodwaters.

For the latest information, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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