Plans for new route an­nounced:

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cap­

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.

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