Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­

REG­U­LAR users of the Bi­cen­ten­nial Walk­way could soon be back to their usual route, with re­pairs to the cy­clone-dam­aged fa­cil­ity ex­pected to be com­plete by this Fri­day.

The sec­tion be­tween Sor­rento and Co­ral Sea Re­sort suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age due to Cy­clone Deb­bie, ren­der­ing it too dan­ger­ous to be used.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices, Ja­son Rai­teri, said there was a “hold up” on re­pairs when rocks above the board­walk had to be re­moved.

“The rocks were a ma­jor fall haz­ard to the pub­lic and there was ev­i­dence of them hav­ing moved due to the wet weather,” he said. “Some rocks had moved quite a sig­nif­i­cant amount but they’ve now been re­moved.”

Mr Rai­teri said there was lots of struc­tural dam­age to the foot­path and deck­ing, and a sec­tion was “ba­si­cally de­stroyed”.

“It re­quired foot­ing to be re­done in some ar­eas and new deck­ing to be put in place in other ar­eas,” he said. Al­though works were ex­pected to be com­pleted by Fri­day, com­ple­tion was de­pen­dent on the weather, Mr Rai­teri said.

“(Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil) has been try­ing to re­fur­bish (the walk­way) as quickly as we can but there have been de­lays caused by weather and is­sues with fall haz­ards,” he said.

RE­PAIR: The Bi­cen­ten­nial Walk­way is ex­pected to be re­paired by this Fri­day.

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