Boyne River Causeway set to open to traffic next week
THE Boyne River Causeway on Pikes Crossing Rd is expected to open to escorted light vehicle traffic early next week.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said extensive remedial works, being carried out after the January floods, were progressing well.
"Now that the area is above the waterline, the restoration works have been able to be carried out faster," Cr Sellers said.
"A concrete deck was poured at the end of last week and, allowing adequate time to cure, is anticipated to provide access for light vehicles early next week."
Cr Sellers said because the area was still a work site, motorists would be escorted over the new causeway until all work was complete.
"Contractors are endeavouring to have all works complete but may still be doing minor work like joint sealing and kerbs on the deck," she said.
"Outside of the contractor's work hours, motorists will be required to obey all signs and take care when driving across the causeway.
"It is anticipated access for commercial vehicles will then be permitted late next week, subject to acceptable concrete test results."
Cr Sellers thanked Pikes Crossing residents for their patience after additional unseasonal rain and the extent of structural damage had contributed to prolonging remedial works.
"Residents have used an alternative route to access their properties since a full road closure of the flood damaged causeway in January," she said.
"Regrettably, the duration of the closure was inconvenient, but the extent of damage involved comprehensive work to create a new section of causeway, suitable to service the needs of the area's residents."