UPDATE 1.00PM | Queensland Police have confirmed that traffic is flowing freely again on Hooker Boulevard, after a sinkhole shut down one of the Gold Coast’s busiest roads this morning.
A burst water main is the cause of the gaping hole, which is situated at the intersection of Sunshine Boulevard.
Hooker Boulevard and Sunshine Boulevard had been closed for the whole morning, as council worked to repair the water main.
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Police have now advised that traffic can get through Hooker Boulevard in both directions now, and Sunshine Boulevard is opened southbound.
However, northbound traffic on Sunshine Boulevard is still being diverted through the Pacific Fair carpark.
Council has warned that repairs will take at least a day, meaning that diversion is likely to remain place.
EARLIER @11.00AM | The Gold Coast Mayor says it could be a couple of days before the sinkhole situation in Broadbeach Waters is repaired.
A hole opened up along Sunshine Boulevard this morning, as a result of a burst water main just after 1.00am.
Council crews have been on scene trying to repair the main, before any work can be done on the gaping hole at the intersection of Sunshine Boulevard and Hooker Boulevard.
Mayor Tom Tate says it could be a little while before the hole is closed up.
“It will take a couple of days to absolutely fix it, so for people out there – know that we’re on to it, and there’s no further damage extent there that’s been reported.
“But there will be some traffic delays,” the Mayor said.
Hooker Boulevard remains closed between the Gold Coast Highway and Rio Vista Boulevard, while Sunshine Boulevard is blocked off from Hooker Boulevard to Melody Street.
(Pacific Fair is still open and accessible for all those Christmas shoppers out there wondering.)
EARLIER @8.20AM | A worsening situation has forced the closure of two busy Gold Coast roads this morning, after a burst water main turned into a sinkhole.
It’s happened in the northbound lanes along Sunshine Boulevard, just opposite the 7/11 service station.
It was initially reported as a burst water main incident, with council crews on scene since the early hours of this morning.
It seems the situation has considerably worsened throughout the morning, with a sinkhole now opening up on the road.
It’s forced the closure of Hooker Boulevard from the Gold Coast Highway through to Rio Vista Boulevard, and the closure of Sunshine Boulevard between Hooker Boulevard and Melody Street.
Motorists are being urged to avoid the area if possible, or expect serious delays.
Traffic has had to be diverted through the Pacific Fair shopping centre car park.
Council released a statement on the matter a short time ago, saying it will take a while to fix.
“The damage to the road is extensive and is expected to take one to two days to make repairs to the water main, ensure other adjacent services are reinstated (including adjacent power and telecommunications infrastructure), and reinstate the road,” the statement reads.
EARLIER @ 7.30AM | Motorists are being urged to avoid the area around Pacific Fair Shopping Centre this morning, with a burst water main causing serious dramas there this morning.
Hooker Boulevard has been closed off to traffic from the Gold Coast Highway all the way through to Rio Vista.
While Sunshine Boulevard is closed to all traffic from Hooker Boulevard to Melody Street.
Traffic is currently being diverted through the Pacific Fair car park, causing extreme delays for morning commuters.
Council crews are on scene trying to repair the damage after the main burst in the early hours this morning.
EARLIER @ 6.30AM | Council crews are on scene for a burst water main incident in Mermaid Waters this morning, which is causing heavy delays for early morning commuters.
It’s understood the main started leaking water onto the road around 1.00am, affecting Sunshine Boulevard between Bacardi Court and Hooker Boulevard.
Motorists are now being diverted through the Pacific Fair car park, with crews having a difficult time repairing the leak.
Queensland Traffic reports that there’s a lot of water on the road and at least one lane has been affected.
Drivers are being urged to avoid the area or expect serious delays.
Council has warned they will be on scene for a little while yet and have warned residents in the area that could expect water interruptions this morning.
Crews have also been down in Coolangatta overnight repairing a broken water main there from around 10.30pm.
Residents along Dixon Street and Ballow Street may have experienced water interruptions.