Restoration works on Nerang Murwillumbah Road commenced in June 2018, with Transport and Main Roads (TMR) contractor Doval currently working to repair one major landslip site that occurred as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

Construction Update

TMR and Doval have been working Monday to Saturday to restore the road pavement and surrounding down and upslope embankments adjacent to the road corridor where the major landslip occurred. Due to a combination of factors including design amendments, unknown ground conditions during piling operations, site constraints and ongoing inclement weather conditions, the construction schedule has been extended until February 2019, weather and site conditions permitting.


Nightworks are planned to commence in January and last for two to four weeks, weather and site conditions permitting. Heavy machinery will work from the road corridor to place anchor points into the embankment. These anchor points will provide support for the construction of a debris fence, which will protect the road corridor from future landslips. To ensure motorist safety and expedite these critical works, Nerang–Murwillumbah Road will be closed from 9pm–5am, Sunday to Thursday for the duration of these works. Please visit for more information and detour routes.

Scope of works 

  • Drilling anchor points into rock face.
  • Construction of debris fencing to protect road corridor against future landslips.
  • Construction of concrete retaining wall anchors.
  • Importing fill (truck and excavator).
  • Drainage works.

What to expect

  • Temporary nightwork operations will be undertaken to complete critical components of the program. Full road closures will be required during nightworks.
  • Additional noise during night works.
  • Day works will continue to be carried out from 7am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
  • Ongoing impacts or changes to traffic conditions (priority given to emergency services).
  • Construction traffic in the area including construction access points.  

Works which generate an increase in noise, dust or vibration. These impacts will be mitigated where possible to minimise disruptions to local residents.


Work crews will demobilise from site on 21 December 2018 and return to work on 2 January 2019. During this shutdown period, crew members will intermittently visit site to ensure road conditions remain safe for motorists.