Lower river level reveals extent of damage to road
WORKS to repair flood damaged Pikes Crossing Rd are likely to take longer than expected.
Gladstone Regional Council has conducted further investigations of the road at the Boyne River Causeway.
Engineering Services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said receding river levels had enabled further detailed assessments of the severity of flood damage to the causeway.
"Earlier inspections had revealed the structure was requiring major repair, with the southern section of the concrete causeway severely undermined by floodwaters," Cr Hansen said.
"Declining river levels have uncovered an even greater extent of structural damage and a necessity for more factors to be considered when undertaking the causeway restoration."
Cr Hansen said while it was inconvenient for residents in the area, it was necessary for Pikes Crossing Road to remain closed until remedial works were finished.
"A full road closure will continue to apply. The southern section of the causeway has been completely removed to below water level, thus the causeway is currently unserviceable, even to construction equipment," he said.
"Traffic will not be able to use the causeway until after the new concrete deck is built.
"Due to the difficulties encountered, the restoration works may now require longer than the four-week duration anticipated."