Could be days before Gold Coast sinkhole is fixed


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IT could be days before a giant sinkhole that swallowed up part of the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach is fixed.

The gaping ten metre wide, three metre deep hole opened up at the intersection of the Gold Coast Highway and Margaret Avenue on Sunday morning.


Gold Coast Water Director Paul Heaton said crews had been on scene since Sunday, clearing away the debris, and anticipates that everything should be back to normal by Wednesday.

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Motorists have been urged to steer clear of the area until then.

Two southbound lanes of the Highway between Elizabeth Avenue and Hooker Boulevard will remain closed again today, as will the eastbound lanes of Margaret Avenue, leaving drivers to seek alternate routes to reach the beach.

It is expected to also disrupt the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up at the nearby Broadbeach State School.

Services in the area include high voltage electricity and gas, and it is anticipated that there may be minor interruptions to these services during the restoration phase.

Traffic controllers remain at the scene.

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SUNDAY: THERE was chaos in Broadbeach on Sunday after a giant sinkhole swallowed up part of the Gold Coast Highway.

A pair of quick-thinking police officers noticed water flooding the main intersection with Hooker Boulevard on Sunday morning and managed to stop drivers before part of the road collapsed.

Southbound traffic was reduced to just one lane, with delays expected for the rest of Sunday and likely again on Monday.

Council workers will spend the night filling the gaping ten metre wide, three metre deep hole.

Translink services are running as usual, with just two routes affected.

Commuters are encouraged to check before travelling.