Main Roads is unsure how long repairs at Cunningham’s Gap will take, especially at the Clayton’s Gully section.
Main Roads is unsure how long repairs at Cunningham’s Gap will take, especially at the Clayton’s Gully section.

New glitch found at the Gap

WORK on Cunningham’s Gap could take longer than the projected December end date after engineers discovered a section of the road may need to be completely rebuilt.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said a design for the most-damaged part of the Gap was yet to be completed.

“At the final and worst-affected area at Clayton’s Gully, engineers have been working on a design that will provide a permanent solution,” the spokesman said.

“Their recent investigations have found it could require the road to be completely rebuilt on a new alignment and until that design is complete we will not know how long works will take.”

The Clayton’s Gully site is located about halfway up the Gap, before Bellbird Park.

Investigations in to the road realignment started in March.

Damage to the area included cracks and changes to the road surface due to embankment settlement across three of the four lanes – covering between two and four metres.

“The works we’re undertaking at the Gap are a mammoth task which we have said will take many months to rebuild the road better, safer and stronger,” the spokesman said.

“Two sites have already been completed and work is tracking well on another six with two of the remaining sites to kick off soon.”

The estimated figure to repair works at Cunningham’s Gap remained at the original $40 million.

More patch-up jobs and roadworks were also continuing around the Southern Downs.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said two crews were working on the New England Hwy between Warwick and Stanthorpe to repair road surface damage.

“These crews are working at sites before the Glen and in the Mitchell’s Road area,” she said.

“We’re also carrying out works on sections between Warwick and the Eight Mile.

“Crews will move along these areas for about a month and are working to keep delays to a minimum.”

She said maintenance crews were also busy in the region attending to smaller jobs and pothole repairs and warned motorists to take note of the speed limit.

“We ask motorists to adhere to the reduced speed zones and take care to drive to the changed traffic conditions, especially at night or during foggy periods with reduced visibility,” she said.

“Drivers should also be aware the reduced speed limits at these sites are enforceable by law and we continue to work with Queensland Police to monitor these areas.

“We thank motorists for their patience while we continue this important rehabilitation and repair work.”



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