BOARD WALK RE-OPENS
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.