Major works have begun to stabilise road embankments and repair road pavement to reopen Gold Coast-Springbrook Road and Lamington National Park Road.
The works are scheduled to be complete by December 2018 with a planned partial reopening of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road under traffic control by October 2018, weather permitting.
The reconstruction works are being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the damage was caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie last year.
“The roads were subjected to heavy rainfall in March and April 2017, resulting in landslips, extensive road damage and the closure of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road due to safety concerns,” Mr Buchholz said.
“I understand this has significantly impacted the lives of Hinterland locals. After listening to the concerns of the public, I’m pleased my continued advocacy for funding to repair and reopen these roads has delivered this result.”
“It’s very welcome news for the local community and everyone who uses the roads. I thank them for their ongoing patience and ask motorists to drive to the road conditions and pay attention around work sites.”
Mr Buchholz said the completion of the road repairs would make it much easier for the normal tourist trade to occur, which was vital for local small businesses.
“Springbrook and Lamington National Park are jewels in the crown of our Hinterland – with a growing local tourism industry that continues to go from strength to strength. No one wants to experience detours or delays so it’s important these works can be completed so we can get back to business as usual.”
“I encourage locals and visitors from further afield to tour our beautiful region with greater ease following these repairs.”