SOLUTION FOR CRACKED ROAD
Plans for new route announced:
ALMOST 12 months after a “big crack” in a CQ mine road emerged, plans for a new route to replace it have begun.
A routine blast at Dawson mine on November 9 last year led to the “geotechnical movements” of Gibihi Rd near Moura, leaving an enormous hole.
Vehicle access was immediately closed.
Anglo American and Banana Shire Council announced on Monday that construction of the new Three Chain Rd would start next month.
Three Chain Rd will be 12.5km long and connect the Leichhardt and Dawson highways, across the Dawson mining lease, replacing the section of Gibihi Rd that was closed.
The chief executive officer of Anglo American’s metallurgical coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the new road would be major infrastructure for the Moura community and a sustainable solution for the region.
“We’ve carefully considered the route to ensure it incorporates feedback from the community throughout our consultation periods and includes important features, such as a dedicated 4.3km road leading to a relocated viewing platform, which will encourage local tourism,” Mr Mitchelson said.
“The road has been specifically designed for all weather conditions with improved engineering to ensure access during times of flood.
“We’ve also worked with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to construct a new, safer intersection between the new Three Chain Rd and the Dawson Highway.”
Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said the council went through a rigorous process to assess the three options for the route.
“After giving all of the options due consideration, and taking into account the assessment provided by council’s independent consulting engineers GHD, the Three Chain Road plan was identified as the most practical, cost-effective and suitable option,” Mr Ferrier said.
It is hoped the project will be completed by the end of next year.