Roads damage bill estimated to be significant

A preliminary assessment estimates damage caused to council’s road network by Cyclone Debbie will be in the vicinity of $20-$30 million.

However, the final costing won’t be known until a final assessment of the road network is finished in June.

Infrastructure Services Committee chair Cr Karen May said repairs to make our roads safe and trafficable were well advanced.

She said full restoration works would follow after the detailed inspection and assessments.

Detailed assessments to quantify the scope of damage are part of the process to seek funding assistance for restoration of council assets under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The restoration works will initially focus on council’s unsealed roads.

Cr May said council had been concentrating on emergency repairs since the cyclone.

“All of our roads crews have been working on temporary repairs to make roads safe and trafficable,’’ she said.

“For the unsealed road network, this has predominately involved filling of scours and wash-outs and removal of vegetation, debris and material build-up.”

Cr May said restoration repairs on the unsealed roads would be given the highest priority.

However, she said the full program to complete all works would likely take until mid-2018.

“It is anticipated that the restoration works will be undertaken using both internal and external resources to complete works in the shortest timeframe possible.”

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 21 Apr 2017