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THE COMPLETION of landslip repairs to Cape Tribulation Rd at the Alexandra Range marks a big step forward on the road to recovery.

The estimated cost for the seven disaster events that occurred in the past two years has reached $22.8 million spread over 26 projects across Douglas Shire.

The white paint dried and traffic lights were removed from the Alexandra Range site on Wednesday this week to mark the re-opening of both lanes.

A section of the road washed away when a landslip occurred during the monsoon trough earlier this year.




Douglas Shire Council crews and contractors are working hard to fix multiple damaged sites, many involving complex geotechnical engineering and civil works resources.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said it was a monumental recovery effort.

“Fully re-opening the Alexandra Range was a really complex and intensive job that the community can be proud of,” she said.

“We all tend to overlook the toll that a trying wet season can have on everyone; however it is a testament to the community that we are getting on with it.

“Council is managing almost $23 million worth of disaster recovery projects and spending a further $1 million on projects in the next 12 months that will help us become more resilient.”

Civil works crews were required to suspend normal duties for eight weeks last season to mitigate the impact of the disaster events.

From February to August 2019, Council was also actively applying for disaster recovery funding and betterment funding to address damages caused to infrastructure and assets.

Upcoming recovery projects:

Cape Tribulation-Bloomfield Road Bank Stabilisation
Contract awarded and design proceeding by contractor. Environmental permits granted.

Syndicate Road Landslip
Contract awarded and awaiting delivery of long lead items. Site works expected to start mid-October and run for six weeks.

2018 Roads Package
Contract awarded for 77 road repair sites. Contractor onsite throughout Shire setting out works. Site works expected to commence next week and run for two months.

Murphy Street Landslip
Expected to go to tender last week of September.

Alexandra Range Landslip
Road reopened to normal conditions 11 September. Some minor off road works remaining.

2019 Roads Package
Currently out to tender, closing 2 October 2019. Repairs to 110 roads throughout Shire.

Ponzo Road Landslip
Currently in detailed design stage, with Council aiming to start construction this year.

Upper Daintree Landslip
Concept design completed, detailed design is pending the Ponzo Rd project being completed.

Construction not anticipated to start until after 2019/20 wet season.


Estimated cost is $22.8M for seven disaster events in the last two years spread over 26 projects.

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