DOUGLAS Shire Council engineers have moved quickly to organise urgent repairs to a damaged section of road on the Alexandra Range.
Council could start the emergency repairs on Cape Tribulation Road as early as tomorrow (Friday) with delays of up to one hour expected for the next two weeks, weather permitting.
Preliminary estimates have the full scale of work taking up to six weeks, but Council will know more after the first stage of critical works are completed in the next 1-2 weeks.
Regular updates on the progress of repairs and traffic conditions will be provided to the community.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said Council was keen to fix the road as soon as possible before the peak tourist season.
“The reality is we have a risk of significant isolation if further slippage occurs in that particular area,” she said
“Our geo technical engineer has come up with a solid and permanent solution for that section of the road.
“We understand there will be disruptions while repairs are done, however, in the interest of safety, we have no choice but to complete the works as soon as possible and we will work with our residents and businesses to minimise this impact.”
Repairs will be completed from 6am to 6pm for seven days per week.
Traffic controllers will be on site.
Work must be done in daylight hours due to potentially unsafe conditions for workers in the dark.
A large chunk of Cape Tribulation Rd was damaged when a landslip occurred during the monsoonal downpour last month.
Large bolts will be drilled into the hard rock underneath in the first stage of repairs.
“Our team is working hard to respond quickly to this urgent issue at a time where resources are scarce due to severe weather events in North Queensland,” Mayor Leu said.
Council has directly emailed impacted residents and put posters and handouts at the Daintree Ferry.
More details about the works will be available in coming weeks.