Update on the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) on Springbrook Road

From the Department of Transport and Main Roads:

Work is progressing to rebuild 18 of the most critically damaged sections on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road. Many of these sections have significant undercuts and some areas are still experiencing rock falls and landslips. While we understand the inconvenience to local residents and businesses, safety remains the priority.

Designs for the 18 critical sites, as well as an additional 31 minor damaged sites within the closed section are now complete with the tender for construction expected to be released in mid-October 2017. Contractors are expected to be engaged in early December 2017 and will commence reconstruction work in January 2018, weather permitting.

Due to the magnitude and complexity of the work, unstable terrain and constrained access in which to undertake the repairs to all critically damaged sections of the road, reconstruction works could take over a year to complete. Expected rainfall during this period has also been factored into the work schedule.

As an example of the complexity and time intensive work ahead, part of the one-way section of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road near the horse trough and cultural heritage listed rock wall is entirely missing and requires a full reconstruction. This work will require specialised technicians to abseil up and down slopes to remove debris with hand tools, as machinery in these unstable areas is not an option. TMR will then need to rebuild the steep slopes above and below the road before the road surface can be reinstated.

Given geotechnical engineers advice regarding slope instability and the possibility of further rock falls and landslips occurring at any time, the road is unsafe for motorists and will remain closed to traffic until repair works are complete.

As you would be aware, the alternate route is west of Springbrook via Pine Creek Road in Numinbah Valley. TMR has installed detour signage in both directions on the Pacific Motorway (M1) prior to Exit 69 (Nerang) advising motorists of the detour route via Nerang-Murwillumbah Road. We have covered green and white directional signage northbound at Exit 80 (Mudgeeraba) and installed several white and brown signs directing motorists to the detour route to Springbrook.

Visitors to the area are encouraged to check the QLD Traffic website via www.QLDTraffic.qld.gov.au for the latest traffic and traveller information. Alternatively the new QLD Traffic smartphone app is available for iPhone and Android devices.

TMR will continue to keep the community informed about the progress of work via email and/or SMS updates. If you know of someone who may benefit from receiving these updates, please forward this email to them. Members of the community can subscribe to receive these project update emails and/or SMS updates by sending contact details to southcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au.

These works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding during this time.

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