Tamborine–Oxenford Road, Coomera has reopened to traffic for the first time since ex-Tropical Cyclone (TC) Debbie severely damaged the John Muntz Causeway.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said although repair works were still ongoing, two lanes had opened to traffic around midday today, ahead of the previously expected late-July/August opening date.
“Reopening the causeway has been a priority since it washed away during flooding rain in April. Thanks to the hard work of crews on site, the connection has been restored and the causeway is now open to two lanes of traffic,” Mr Bailey said.
“We were expecting the causeway to open a single lane in July with both lanes open in August, but that date has been able to be brought forward by a whole month.
“A combination of innovative construction methods, particularly around concreting the abutment, and undertaking design work simultaneous with construction has help speed up the construction process.
“Golding Contractors have been working around the clock to expedite the process, and we are fortunate good weather has allowed them to maintain this schedule and open lanes in less time than expected.”
Mr Bailey said there would be intermittent single lane closures during the day to allow for safe construction to continue beneath the structure, but during the evening and weekends the causeway would remain fully open.
“Construction will continue on site until August and I would like to thank the community for their patience while my department worked to reconnect this vital piece of infrastructure,” he said.
Eligible reconstruction works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.