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

Roadworks meeting to focus on Scenic Hwy

AN in-depth presentation on the proposed works needed to repair and reopen the Scenic Hwy at Statue Bay will be held in Yeppoon on Monday for interested residents.

Livingstone Shire Council is inviting the community to the information session to find out more about the project.

The road was one of the hardest hit when Cyclone Marcia landed in Central Queensland in February. Heavy rain caused major landslides and wild seas compromised the seawall and undermined the road from below, forcing the closure of the northbound lane and an estimated repair bill of around $18 million.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said Monday's presentation would be an opportunity for the community to be briefed by council's Infrastructure Department on how the repairs will be staged and progressed once they have the final sign-off from the state and federal government to proceed.

"Required works will include major cliff stabilisation, sea wall reconstruction and strengthening, as well as widening of the road to provide both a safety buffer and pedestrian/ cycle way to make it safer for all users," Cr Ludwig said.

"The community at Statue Bay and other affected areas have been incredibly patient throughout this whole process and council would like to thank each and every resident for their understanding of the need to ensure we can fix this problem area once and for all.

"There is no doubt this has been one of council's most complex and costly engineering challenges following the cyclone.

"Fortunately council has had great support from the Queensland Government in assisting us to identify the long-term engineering solutions, and hopefully a substantive component of the required funding."

The community meeting will be held this Monday, November 23 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Yeppoon Town Hall in Normanby St.



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