Update on Springbrook Road closure

As you are aware, the road closure between Neranwood and Pine Creek Road is likely to be long-term due to the instability of slopes above and below Gold Coast-Springbrook Road. Designs are currently underway to determine restoration solutions for 19 critical sites. Crews have spent the past four months cleaning and clearing debris at multiple sites which is continuing due to further rock falls from recent wet weather and strong winds.

Aerial and on-site geotechnical assessments have identified that the damage is completely different to that sustained on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road following ex-Tropical Cyclone Yasi in 2011. One of the main concerns is the amount of damage to the mountain and batter slopes rather than the road itself.

Many of these critical sites are extremely unstable and our priority remains the safety of everyone. We have had to carefully consider the safety of our staff, crews and contractors throughout the response given the risk of future landslips. Repair work will require specialised geotechnical engineers to abseil on slopes to assess and remove debris with hand tools as machinery in some of these unstable areas is not an option. The one-way section of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road is one of the most critical sites and may require a full reconstruction.

A timeframe for restoration works is still being finalised however designs are expected to be complete in September 2017. It is expected construction will commence in December 2017 and take over a year to complete. Single lane controlled access may become available months after the construction start date depending on design outcomes and safety of the public.

TMR recognises the inconvenience of the detour route in place and we are pleased to advise that Pine Creek Road is on-track to be fully reopened by mid-August 2017, weather permitting. At the request of the community TMR is currently reviewing the signage to Springbrook and adjustments will be made, where necessary. TMR continues to work with Google Maps and other GPS mapping services to provide the best outcome for the community.

The restoration works will be funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). The NDRRA are a joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments to provide disaster relief and recovery payments and infrastructure restoration to help communities recover from the effects of natural disasters.

Please be assured we are working as quickly as possible to restore full access on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road. TMR officers will continue to provide the community with updates about the road closure as soon as new information becomes available.

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