THE bill for repairing a section of the Mossman-Mt Molloy Rd near the base of the Rex Range is expected to reach at least $1.5 million
Much to the delight of frustrated locals who have had to live life in the slow lane for more than two years, the ongoing roadworks, 4.4km from the base of the Rex Range, are expected to be finished by the end of next month.
Work restarted last October but was put on hold after geotechnical engineers found two completely different types of rock on either side of the site when construction started.
GEO Construct is carrying out the $1.5 million project to the repair the embankment, which was damaged by extreme wet weather.
There are no current plans to stop flooding at Bushy Creek on the Mossman-Mt Molloy Rd.
The road work site is currently reduced to a single lane with traffic lights and a reduced speed limit for the safety of road workers and motorists.
Member for Cook David Kempton said the discovery of the different types of rocks discovered by geo-technical engineers was “unusual”.
“As a result it was necessary to go back to the design drawing-board,” he said.
“Determining design solutions for complex sites such as those on range roads can take some time due to the difficult terrain along with engineering and technical requirements.”
Mr Kempton said the contractor returned to the site in late May with work to be completed by the end of next month, weather permitting.
“It’s unfortunate the work is taking longer than expected, however, it is important to make sure the design solutions are robust,” Mr Kempton said.
“It is understood traffic delays may be compounded with the start of the cane crushing season which will see many cane haulage trucks travelling on this road daily.
“The project team is looking at the best way to manage traffic through the site to reduce the impact of delays and disruptions on motorists, where possible.
“I appreciate motorists’ patience and co-operation while the works continue.”
The road is presently reduced to a single lane with traffic lights and a reduced speed limit for the safety of road workers and motorists.
The work is being delivered under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), a joint federal and state initiative.
Under these arrangements, the Australian Government provides 75 per cent of the funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland Government.