Statue Bay re-opens for some traffic today after landslide

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council hopes to open a single lane of traffic on the Scenic Hwy between Lammermoor Beach and Statue Bay on Monday.

The road has been closed since Cyclone Marcia due to the unstable bluff above the Scenic Hwy and erosion below by wave action.

Economic Recovery Taskforce Chair Councillor Graham Scott said several thousand tonnes of unstable rock and soil had been removed from the sloping face above the road, to reduce the risk of further landslips occurring.

"A temporary revetment wall is being constructed at several locations on the sea side to support the road and resist further erosion from wave action," Cr Scott said.

"We really needed to get that road open for the Easter holiday season."

Council hopes to open the southbound lane around noon, while those travelling northbound will continue to be diverted along Mulambin Rd and Clayton Rd.

Semi-permanent speed signs and line-marking are being installed there to ensure safety.

First they will need to ensure the spoil that has been scraped from the slope has been removed and temporary barriers are installed to provide a defined corridor for vehicles.

Options are being investigated for a permanent solution that should be decided upon in coming months.



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