THE operation continues to rebuild the bridge at the John Muntz Causeway in Oxenford, two months after it collapsed into the Coomera River during Cyclone Debbie.
Around 15,000 motorists rely on the $15 million ‘floodproof’ bridge, which connects Oxenford and Mt Tamborine.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said work to rebuild the bridge and reconstruct the embankment was on track to be completed by mid-2017.
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Mr Bailey said works currently underway included the repair and reinforcement of the damaged road and providing additional protection for both the Causeway and adjacent riverbanks within the road reserve.
Construction contractor Golding has built temporary rock platforms on both sides of the causeway to allow heavy earthmoving equipment to reach under the bridge to remove large amounts of debris.
“Work to repair the gas line adjacent to the road is ongoing and City of Gold Coast started work to repair their water main this week, while road reconstruction work is underway,” Mr Bailey said.
“We’re working extremely hard to open the road as quickly as possible when safe to do so, and we’re still on track for works to be completed by mid-2017, weather permitting.
“My department has determined that the Coomera River embankment failure contributed to the severing of the connection between Tamborine-Oxenford Road and John Muntz Causeway.
“They will undertake independent investigations and work with key stakeholders including local community and environmental groups, as well as relevant Government agencies, to consider measures to help prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
“All that can be done, is being done as quickly as possible to get this important connection road open for all residents and motorists.
“I would like to thank the community for their patience while my department continues to work expeditiously to restore our severely damaged road network.”
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