A large excavator works to clear lose rock and earth from the cliff adjacent to the Scenic Highway near Statue Bay. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
A large excavator works to clear lose rock and earth from the cliff adjacent to the Scenic Highway near Statue Bay. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Scenic Hwy will initially be reopened to one lane of traffic

WORK on the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay has kicked off to reopen one of the busiest roads on the Capricorn Coast, after it received significant damage during Cyclone Marcia.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said the council had hired geo-technical consultants who had now provided an overall assessment of the stability of the slopes on the landward side of the road and had recommended short term remedial options.

"In addition to the instability of slopes on the landward side, damage has also been sustained on the ocean side of the road where it has been undercut by cyclonic ocean swell and other related impacts," Cr Ludwig said.

"Council is conscious that we need to open the highway as soon as possible but we need to make sure that the work we carry out is properly planned and executed to ensure it is safe for those who travel on it.

"Initially the road will only be reopened to one lane, accommodating for southbound traffic, with northbound traffic still being required to use the detour along Clayton Rd to Mulambin Rd.

"We know the ongoing closure is concerning for local residents and council will be working with the Queensland Police Service to manage the impact of increased and errant traffic along Mulambin and Clayton roads," Cr Ludwig said.

"Further traffic calming measures will also be put in place along the detour to cope with the increased volume of traffic and ensure the safety of nearby residents.

"The Scenic Highway is one the busiest roads in our shire used by residents travelling between Yeppoon to Emu Park."



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