Roads closed, repairs needed after Cyclone Kelvin

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Roads are damaged and Sandfire to Roebuck cut off as Cyclone Kelvin closes parts of the Great Northern Highway.

Sandfire north to Roebuck could be closed for up to a fortnight, according to Main Roads WA, while the Great Northern Highway has been closed to the east and south of Broome.

The road is closed to all vehicles from the Roebuck Roadhouse east to the Willare Roadhouse and from Port Hedland north to Roebuck near the Broome Highway turn-off.

Main Roads Executive Director of the Central and Northern Regions, John Erceg, said more than a metre of rain had fallen between Sandfire and Roebuck, an area already saturated by heavy rain nearly three weeks ago.

“We’ll know more in a few days. Once it stops raining and flood levels fall sufficiently, Main Roads will carry out inspections and make the necessary repairs to allow a safe re-opening to traffic,” Mr Erceg said.

“The news east of Broome is better, we anticipate re-opening the section from Roebuck Roadhouse to Willare Roadhouse within two days.”

“We have inspected this section and repairs to the Logue River Bridge approaches and the Highway’s shoulders and pavement will be done over the next few days.”

Mr Erceg urged road users to obey ‘Road Closed’ signs as they are there to protect driver safety and limit damage to the road surface.

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