Roadtek crews are working to restore the Sarina Range road after an ‘unheard of’ amount of damage from Cyclone Debbie, says Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to working as fast as humanely possible to repair the range, however this will take some time due to the almost biblical level of damage that ripped through the region,” Mr Bailey said.
“We’ve had to carefully consider the safety of our staff, crews and contractors throughout the response given the risk of future slips. Their physical safety has to be our first priority.”
RoadTek crews were given the all-clear safety wise a month ago to remove Debbie rubble and debris on the road leading up to the Sarina Range.
Further geotechnical slope risk assessments and field mapping will take place once the debris is removed.
Crews are also working on maintenance works on council roads to allow Department of Transport and Main Roads staff access to the major slip, while at the same time starting stockpile preparations near Swayneville School.
Eligible reconstruction works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Government under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Click here for drone footage of the damage.