Gladstone Regional Council is set to undertake a $11 million repair program for roads damaged in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March.
The council has advertised a tender offer for a procurement and construction manager and associated team to deliver the restoration work and said Queensland Reconstruction Authority-approved work could start in late October.
Works will be conducted initially by council road crews and later complemented by externally contracted parties.
The council has already completed more than $1 million worth of repairs to roads damaged by flooding resulting from the cyclone.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said all reasonable and qualifying costs incurred by the council in completing repairs to the damaged roads would be reimbursed by the Queensland Government if its various applications for Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) funding were successful.
Cr Burnett said the impending start to further road repairs was good news for the region’s rural residents.
“Emergent works were carried out on a number of the roads following the flooding event, but these were just to make them safe for people to travel on and were not repairs to pre-damage condition,” he said. “Permanent repairs will only commence after repair works and associated funding is approved.”
The whole restoration works program is expected to take about 12 months to complete.