The Scenic Highway at Statue Bay was closed and traffic diverted by Livingstone Council as heavy rains lashed Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
The Scenic Highway at Statue Bay was closed and traffic diverted by Livingstone Council as heavy rains lashed Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Work to start soon on the Scenic Hwy

WORK is set to start on the Scenic Hwy to try and reopen it in the following weeks, after it was damaged by Cyclone Marcia.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said geo-technical consultants have provided an overall assessment of the stability of the slopes on the landward side of the road and have 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.

"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."

Council will engage a consultant to provide a detailed planning report which will consider all viable options for restoration of the road; including detailed design, economic and environmental impact assessments, to determine the timeframe and manner in which full restoration of the road can be best achieved.



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