Christmas has come early for Springbrook residents, with Gold Coast-Springbrook Road set to reopen this Monday – almost 20-months after it was ripped apart by Cyclone Debbie.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced the much-anticipated news today.
“I’d like to thank the local community for their patience and resilience as we know the landslips were devastating for the area and have caused significant disruption to people’s daily lives,” Mr Bailey said.
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The 7.5 kilometre stretch of road was closed in April last year following substantial rainfall after Cyclone Debbie.
Major reconstruction works have been ongoing at 53 landslip sites ever since, with the road officially set to re-open to motorists at 6am on Monday 17 December.
‘‘This milestone is welcome news for residents whose lives have been impacted by this road’s closure,’’ Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance said.
‘‘The re-opening provides locals and tourists with a gateway to arguably some of Queensland’s most beautiful corners.”
Minister Bailey said minor works would still continue along Pine Creek Road under stop/go traffic control.
In addition to the works still being carried out on Pine Creek Road, some road closures may still be required at night along Gold Coast-Springbrook Road.
Minister Bailey said residents will be notified of closures via stakeholder notifications and qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.