Flood repair work closes range road for two months

GLADSTONE Regional Council has closed the range section of Blackmans Gap Rd for two months from Tuesday.

The section is about 19.5km from the road's connection with the Bruce Highway.

Rural Services portfolio spokesman Leo Neill-Ballantine said the 750m road section would be closed until mid-September.

"This part of Blackmans Gap Road suffered extensive damage during past flood events and has been rapidly deteriorating," Cr Neill-Ballantine said.

"Edges of the unsealed road have degraded, causing traffic to be restricted in this area to single lane operations with heavy vehicle limitations."

The works are part of 2011-12 flood restoration contract works and will allow for stabilisation of land slips on the side of the range.

This will involve specialised works including soil nailing, installation of rock fall netting and rock bolting.

"No public access through the works area will be permitted during the restoration period," Cr Neill-Ballantine said.

Motorists will need to use alternative routes via Calliope, Gin Gin or Monto to travel between the Bruce Hwy and the Gladstone-Monto Road.

"Variable message boards will be installed at each end of Blackmans Gap Rd and road closed signage will be in place at the range," Cr Neill-Ballantine said.

"Closure of the range section of road will be of an inconvenience to commuters who regularly use this route, but is the safest option to ensure the safety of motorists and to enable works to progress." 



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