Springbrook residents will receive an early Christmas present when the Gold Coast-Springbrook Road reopens at 6am on Monday, 17 December 2018.
Reconstruction works have been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Government under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the closure in April last year following Tropical Cyclone Debbie had a devastating impact on the Springbrook community.
‘‘This milestone is welcome news for residents whose lives have been impacted by this road’s closure,’’ Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
‘‘The reopening provides locals and tourists with a gateway to arguably some of Queensland’s most beautiful corners.
“Cyclone Debbie was a disaster beyond the scale Queensland has seen for some time.
“The level of funding that has been provided towards the recovery effort demonstrates the Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s continued commitment to support communities as they recover and rebuild.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister the Hon. Mark Bailey said major reconstruction works were carried out at 53 landslip sites along the 7.5 kilometre closed section of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road following substantial rainfall after Cyclone Debbie.
“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and resilience as we know the landslips were devastating for the area and have caused significant disruption to people’s daily lives,” Mr Bailey said.
‘‘It’s also important to note the program of reconstruction works is much broader than Gold Coast-Springbrook Road and Pine Creek Road.
‘‘The entire package includes five major projects across the South Coast region including sites at Lamington National Park, Beechmont, Tomewin Mountain and Nerang-Murwillumbah Roads.
“Projects have been extended from the Gold Coast Hinterland to Cunningham’s Gap, while works are also being carried out at 19 sites outside the closure on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road.
‘‘A further 24 projects were carried out and completed across the South Coast region with minor works continuing at Lamington National Park Road, Beechmont Road, Nerang-Murwillumbah Road and Cunninghams Gap.
‘‘All remaining works are expected to be completed in early 2019.’’
Mr Bailey said once the road reopens, minor works would continue under stop/go traffic control.
‘‘Work will also continue along Pine Creek Road under stop/go traffic control,’’ Mr Bailey said.
“We ask motorists to obey all signs and drive to conditions to ensure road workers and motorists stay safe.
‘‘Delays of up to 15 minutes are still likely to occur along the route, which will remain a construction site until the project is completed in December, weather permitting.”
The road has been closed since April 2017 while TMR safely carried out major reconstruction works.
The existing weight limit of six tonnes at Lamington National Park has been investigated.
Additional non-NDRRA works are being carried out to increase the load limit restriction to 20 tonnes, effective from 21 December 2018, weather permitting.