Mar 29, 2019

Deluge means pothole repair marathon for Douglas Shire

Deluge means pothole repair marathon for Douglas Shire Major repair work is being undertaken on roads throughout the Douglas Shire.

A record-breaking wet season has meant major repair work on roads throughout the Douglas Shire in Far North Queensland.

Mayor Julia Leu said about 30 tonnes of asphalt had been used on potholes in the past three months.

Ms Leu said council crews had worked hard to repair damaged roads in the last few days after heavy rain caused by Cyclone Trevor last week.

The latest downpour continues one of the wettest periods in recent memory.

Parts of the shire, including Whyanbeel Valley and Cape Tribulation, have received more than three metres of rain since the start of December last year.

Ms Leu said the recent deluge was the fourth significant weather event to hit the region.

“We were trying to keep the ball rolling with recovery from our third disaster activation in six weeks before Cyclone Trevor dumped even more rain on our region,” she said.

“The community can feel confident knowing that their local council crews have slotted repairs in as their number one priority and are doing an amazing job.”

The council expects to re-open the Bloomfield Track by the end of the week, while major repair work is continuing on the Alexandra Range, and Cape Tribulation Rd remains open to all traffic.

The council is working to clear landslips and other road damage at Upper Daintree Rd, and the Flagstaff Hill walking trail is expected to be open by the Easter school holidays.

The work is 70 per cent completed, including construction of the new track that traverses a previously damaged section.

Reconstruction work is required to fix a large pothole on the Captain Cook Highway near the Bonnie Doon Rd turn-off.

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