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Powell Media Release – Popular tourist route re-opens to traffic (20 August 2013)

Palmwoods-Montville Road will today re-open to traffic following the completion of reconstruction work to repair significant landslip damage.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell today thanked local residents, businesses and motorists for their patience and cooperation while works were underway on the enormous reconstruction task for the past three years.

“The road was initially closed following a 200m landslip in early 2010, with an additional 31 landslips occurring during the extreme rainfall event in January 2011,” Mr Powell said.

“This project had a significant impact on local residents, who have patiently dealt with construction crews, increased noise and the road’s long-term closure.

“Its re-opening will no doubt also be welcomed by businesses at Montville and the motorists who visit this popular tourist area.”

Mr Powell said the project was a complex engineering task.

“Following the rainfall in January 2011, the department had to reassess and alter the design of the original works, as well as undertake repairs to additional sites,” he said.

“The geology and topography created a complex design process for determining long-term solutions for stabilisation and reconstruction.

“Several engineering techniques were used – soil nailing, retaining walls, tensar geogrid, sandbags, piling, shotcreting – depending on the location of the damage and the geology.

“Wet weather in 2012 and early 2013 also caused signification interruptions, stopping work for days at a time.”

The reconstruction of Palmwoods-Montville Road was part of a package of works with an expected total cost of $28 million.

The project was being delivered under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, a joint federal and state initiative. Under these arrangements, the Australian Government provides 75 per cent of funding, with 25 per cent from the Queensland Government.

[ENDS] 20 August 2013

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