UPDATE:  JANUARY 2021 

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will commence slope rehabilitation and geotechnical works on the Captain Cook Highway (CCH) from mid-January 2021, weather permitting at the following two locations:

  • A section near Rex Lookout
  • A section approximately 3 km north of Rex Lookout, near Turtle Creek culvert

The works will involve the removal of large rocks and stabilisation of the roadside area using soil nails and rock nets. This project will improve safety for road users by reinforcing the slopes, reducing the risk of rocks falling onto the road surface, and mitigating the effects of embankment erosion at these locations.

Crews will be onsite between 6 am and 7 pm, and the works are expected to be completed by late-March 2021, weather permitting.

For the safety of workers and road users, there will be changed traffic conditions while the works are carried out. Temporary speed limit reductions and single lane operation under coordination of traffic controllers will be in place from 9 am. Road users should expect minor delays during single lane operation and plan their journeys accordingly.

Several intermittent full road closures will be required each day throughout the works to carry out scaling, cleaning and the removal of large rocks. Road users should expect delays of up to 20 minutes during these full closures. The Contractor will continue to monitor traffic queueing lengths during these times and allow traffic through the work area as soon as it is safe.

The Rex Lookout will remain open, however some car parks will be unavailable during the works.

Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be in place on the approaches to the work site to ensure motorists are aware of the changed traffic conditions. Changes in dates due to poor weather will be posted on the VMS.

Nearby residents may experience noise associated with the roadworks, such as trucks, heavy machinery and vibrations during the works.

Similar slope rehabilitation works are currently being carried out at Yule Point. Works at Yule Point are expected to be completed in February 2021, weather permitting.

NOVEMBER 2020:

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will commence slope rehabilitation and geotechnical works on the Captain Cook Highway at Yule Point from Monday 30 November 2020, weather permitting.

A recent inspection of the slope at this location identified important rehabilitation works are required. The works will involve the removal of large rocks and stabilisation of the roadside by installing wire rope net and mesh.

This project will improve safety for road users by reinforcing the slopes, reducing the risk of rocks falling onto the road surface, and mitigating the effects of embankment erosion at this location.

Crews will be onsite between 6 am and 6 pm, and the works are expected to take up to 10 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

For the safety of workers and road users, there will be changed traffic conditions while the works are carried out. Temporary speed limit reductions will be in place from 6 am and single lane operation under coordination of traffic controllers from 9 am. Road users should expect minor delays during single lane operation and plan their journeys accordingly.

Several intermittent full closures of the road will be required each day throughout the works to carry out scaling, cleaning and the removal of large rocks. Road users should expect delays of up to 20 minutes during these full closures. The contractor will monitor traffic queuing lengths during these times and allow traffic through the work area as soon as possible, when it is safe to do so.

Slope rehabilitation works were last carried out at Yule Point in June 2018.

Click the below link to watch a video which demonstrates the type of work this project involves: https://www.facebook.com/TMRQld/videos/1820038518039023.

Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be in place on the approaches to the work site to ensure motorists are aware of the changed traffic conditions. Changes in dates due to poor weather will be posted on the VMS.

Nearby residents may experience noise associated with the roadworks, such as trucks, heavy machinery and vibrations during the works.

If you require further information about these works, please contact me by telephone on 4045 7201 or via email to cairns.office@tmr.qld.gov.au.