Roads should be clear for Easter
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 www.131940.qld.gov.au or by calling 131 940.