Blackmans Gap Rd to re-open after flood repair work

BOYNE Valley residents will no longer face the worst-case scenario of being stranded should an early wet weather system hit, with the range section of Blackmans Gap Rd to be re-opened to light traffic on Friday.

The 750m section of road, 19.5km from its connection with the Bruce Highway, has been closed since July to enable work to stabilise embankments.

The works, part of the 2011-12 flood restoration, aimed to repair extensive damage to the road caused by past flood events.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said work had been necessary to restore degrading edges of the unsealed road.

Single lane operations and heavy vehicle limitations had been in place because of the road condition.

"Contractors have carried out specialised works including extensive soil nailing, installation of rock fall netting and rock bolting," she said.

"Stabilisation has further included the installation of layers of reinforcement supported by backfilling and compaction works."

Cr Sellers said motorists had been required to use alternative travel routes since July as no public access had been permitted on the range section, because of the nature of work required.

The range section will now be re-opened for use by light vehicles, but traffic control will be in place for a few weeks.

Remaining work including the placement of road pavement and bitumen seals will be carried out after Friday, and is expected to be finished by the end of the month. 

Meanwhile, Cr Sellers has clarified that despite the Gladstone-Monto Rd bypass being for emergency service access only, in times of flood the community would be supervised through the bypass.

"The way I read it is that it will be open and people would be directed through," she said.

The Gladstone Regional Council has received more than $1.3 million for the project, to bypass flood backwater on Gladstone-Monto Rd, from the Awoonga Dam.



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