Gold Coast hinterland roads emergency works update

The Queensland department has updated some of its major road works caused by landslips

Gold Coast hinterland roads emergency works update
Road works on Gold Coast freight routes will continue

Queensland’s department of transport and main roads is providing an update on the status of Gold Coast hinterland emergency works following further heavy rain in the past week.

Weeks of stabilisation work on Beechmont Road means crew can now build a temporary single-lane side track around the major landslip to open access for Lower Beechmont’s residents and businesses.

More work is continuing on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, with transport and main roads acting regional director Andrew Wheeling saying the department is working to stabilise the slopes formed after heavy rainfall in February and March.

"This is a natural disaster and the sixth- major weather-related event in the region in the past three years," Wheeler says.

"I am pleased to give Beechmont Road residents the good news that the team will be working day and night to build the side track for additional access to and from Beechmont during reconstruction of the landslip."

Wheeler says the track is expected to open in July, but is looking to confirm the exact date in coming weeks.

"Some restricted travel times and conditions will be needed for the permanent reconstruction works, so the side track will be closed between 8.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday," he says.

"The side track will also remain open on weekends, but some work may result in short delays and we expect to continue doing night works where needed."

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Wheeler says that vehicles using this side track can’t exceed 24.5 tonnes with a four-tonne maximum wheel load, while trucks and buses must be rigid body.

Wheeler says Gold Coast-Springbrook Road will remain closed between Neranwood Park and Pine Creek Road for an extended period of time following serious damage caused by a landslip.

"Ongoing assessments have confirmed the extent of damage from the major landslip is far worse than originally anticipated and will require an extensive works program," Wheeler says.

"While it is too early to say how long the closure will last, we expect it could be in place from 18 months to two years."

The longer delay is due to there being no possibility for a side track to be constructed, as geotechnical constraints and the damage makes it impossible to divert traffic.

The department says traffic to and from Springbrook will continue to use Pine Creek Road as an alternative.

"The emergency works and reconstruction will involve major scaling activities and stabilisation works," Wheeler says.

Along with these landslip sites, Wheeler says there are at least 15 other major sites needing significant reconstruction work along the Gold Coast freight route.

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