Topics:  landslip, stabilisation works, tugun bypass

Work begins to stabilise landslip on Tugun Bypass

STATE and federal governments will spend $1.8 million stabilising loose land above the Tugun Bypass' southbound lane.

Construction company RoadTek will start the job early next week and work will carry on for about three months to repair damage done by extreme wet weather in 2010 and 2011.

New animal fences will be erected and the slopes will be repaired with soil nails, rock netting and new vegetation to help with the stabilisation.

RoadTek will also work on realigning a footpath through the Tugun Hill conservation area.

Occasional delays are expected as heavy equipment is taken to and from the site, and some construction noise may be heard by residents in the area.

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey said she was happy the bypass was receiving the repairs and improvements.

"Completion of this work will improve safety on the Tugun Bypass and reduce the likelihood of lane closures due to loose material from the slope damaging the concrete barriers on the edge of the motorway," Ms Stuckey said.

Ms Stuckey encouraged motorists to drive to conditions and be careful whilst construction was underway.

"I ask motorists to be patient as large items of equipment will be taken to and from the site via the Tugun Bypass," she said.

"Smaller pieces of equipment needed for work at the top of the slope will access the work site by Alinjarra Dr."

The work is part of the federal and state governments Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements initiative.



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