GOOD NEWS: Mayor Ludwig says the Statue Bay Scenic Highway section has been the biggest post-cyclone engineering challenge.
GOOD NEWS: Mayor Ludwig says the Statue Bay Scenic Highway section has been the biggest post-cyclone engineering challenge. Chris Ison

Scenic Highway at Statue Bay fix close: Livingstone Mayor

MOTORISTS and residents on the Capricorn Coast got some good news this week about the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay.

Months of geotechnical evaluation, engineering design work and negotiations with the State and Federal governments appear likely to deliver huge outcome for Livingstone Shire Council and the community.

The Statue Bay stretch of highway was the hardest hit infrastructure casualty when Cyclone Marcia struck in February this year with major landslips and wild seas undermining the road from below.

Mayor Bill Ludwig commended the community for their patience and appreciation of the need to get a long-term solution that will hopefully fix the problem area once and for all.

"It's been an exhaustive process but discussions this week have indicated that Council is likely to get State and Federal government funding sign-off by the end of next week, which will pave the way for the major works program to at last get underway," Cr Ludwig said.

"This has been without doubt Council's most complex and costly post-cyclone engineering challenges.

"The planned scope of works will include major cliff stabilisation, sea wall reconstruction, and strengthening and widening of the road to provide both a safety buffer and a pedestrian/cycleway.

"It is vital that we get it absolutely right once and for all, both from a safety perspective and to protect the properties at risk of coming down in future storm events.

"The support Council has had from the Queensland Government through Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Department of Transport and Main Roads has been brilliant.

"Our community would never have been able to afford the anticipated $18-million repair bill without their combined assistance and funding support in conjunction with the Federal Government.

"There will be an information night at the Yeppoon Town Hall in about a fortnight to inform residents and stakeholder groups of timeframes and likely staging to undertake the massive job."



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