Roads should be clear for Easter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LAND­SLIDES, flooded roads and ex­treme weather through­out the re­gion have caused havoc, but early weather in­di­ca­tions sug­gest the weather will be­have for Easter.

Flooded roads, an in­crease in pot hole dam­age from the weather and land­slides at Buchan’s Point and Oak Beach which forced the high­way to close for two days have the po­ten­tial to de­rail the Easter pe­riod for the Dou­glas re­gion.

But the Depart­ment of Main Roads and Trans­port said Buchan’s Point is sta­ble af­ter they in­stalled a heavy-duty con­crete and steel mesh bar­rier, which stopped a fur­ther fall of about half a tonne of ma­te­rial on Tues­day night.

With that site fin­ished, TMR crews are fix­ing “land­slip sites” near Oak Beach yes­ter­day and to­day crews will be sta­bil­is­ing the em­bank­ment us­ing a high­pow­ered nail­ing tool.

“For the safety of all road users, traf­fic con­trol will keep the site clear while the tool is in use, with short road clo­sures and mi­nor de­lays ex­pected,” a TMR spokesman said.

“Works on a $2.1 mil­lion project to re­pair the slope above El­lis Beach should be fin­ished next week af­ter be­ing slightly de­layed by weather, the chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the com­plex­ity of the de­sign.

“Geotech­ni­cal ex­perts will carry out a thor­ough in­spec­tion to look at the cause of the re­cent land­slips and plan the best strat­egy for long-term re­pair works,” the TMR spokesman said.

“In the mean­time, crews will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the con­di­tion of the slip sites and swiftly ad­dress any is­sues.”

The Depart­ment of Main Roads and Trans­port will try to have all roads open for Easter next week­end and the weather seems to agree.

“Early in­di­ca­tions sug­gest we’re not go­ing to have any mon­soonal ac­tiv­ity in the re­gion,” Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy duty fore­caster Ben Suter said.

Up to date in­for­ma­tion about traf­fic con­di­tions and road clo­sures can be found on or by call­ing 131 940.

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