WORK to repair state roads destroyed by Cyclone Debbie on the Gold Coast is nearing completion, two years after the system smashed the Sunshine State.
Debbie caused $2.4 billion in damage across Queensland after crossing the coast near Airlie Beach in March 2017.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said crews have worked around the clock over the past two years to repair 243 earthworks and batter locations, 81 structures and 6.2km of damage road pavement on the south coast.
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“Cyclone Debbie had far-reaching, long-term impacts on our communities. But on the second anniversary of this major event, reconstruction on the final sites impacted by Debbie on Queensland’s south coast are nearing completion,” Mr Bailey said.
More than 4500 soil nails varying in length from two metres to 12 metres and 360,000 litres of grout were used to stabilise slopes along Gold Coast-Springbrook Road.
Mr Bailey said this road in particular suffered extensive damage requiring careful and methodical repair.
“The complex nature of the damage at many sites meant structural and geotechnical investigations and design work were required to determine the full extent before work could begin,’’ he said.
‘‘Crews have worked hard to repair all 72 sites on this section which was temporarily closed to traffic while repairs were carried out safely.
‘‘Following extensive works we were able to reopen this important local link in December.’’
Mr Bailey said works at 118 sites on Lamington National Park Road were now also complete.
‘’This road is a 19km stretch of winding and mountainous terrain with steep and fragile embankments,” he said.
“Due to the terrain, some works had to be completed at night to minimise traffic disruption and protect the safety of workers.
“Locals and visitors will notice additional works being undertaken however these are not part of the NDRRA program.”
Crews have also installed more than 700 soil nails at 22 sites along Beechmont Road.
‘‘The Beechmont Road restoration project required innovative solutions to transport mass loads due to steep climb and tight bends,” Mr Bailey said.
‘‘Crews disassembled a 69-tonne hydraulic rotary rig before it was transported to site, to reduce the overall mass of the machine.”
Mr Bailey said while most repairs have been completed, the final stages of works at a major landslip site on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road are nearing completion.
“All remaining minor works on the Cunningham Highway are also expected to be completed by June, weather permitting,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the local community for its patience and the crews who have worked tirelessly to repair the South Coast Region hinterland.
“These recovery works have required a whole-of-community approach which is a credit to both locals, visitors and workers.”
Eligible reconstruction works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).