Damning video footage reveals extent of range damage
DAMNING footage of the destroyed Sarina Range has been released as the Department of Transpart and Main Roads continues early work to assess the extent of the damage.
The video shows sizeable damage to the range, and the huge job that lies ahead for the State Government.
Two major slips in the road can be seen in the footage, along with significant loss of the cliff face and bitumen in a number of spots.
Stability and interior damage is also a major concern for TMR, who have completed initial safety and comprehensive geo-technical assessments.
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson and Member for Mirani Jim Pearce visited the Sarina Range Monday to get an update on progress.
Mr Pearce said there was little evidence to show progress on the road repairs itself, but significant work had been completed by geo-technical consultants.
Slope stability mapping had been the utmost priority along the road to ensure the safety of workers over the coming months.
"While there are areas where it is obvious what damaged has been done," Mr Pearce said, "there are places where it is not so obvious, but will still require significant works to rebuild and to stabilise the area."
Cr Williamson said the Department of Transport and Main Roads was still in the midst of their three-month assessment to determine when and what type of construction needs to take place.
A confirmed decision on what fixes will be made to the road, are likely to be at least another five weeks away.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said individual assessments were required for each of the 12 slips on Sarina Range to determine the extent of damage under the surface.
"These assessments are continuing and it is still too early to give a start date for reconstruction works at this stage," the spokesperson said.
"This level of damage is extensive and unprecedented and we are only able to estimate timeframes based on similar damage sustained in past events, such as Mount Morgan Range on the Burnett Highway, which was closed for 18 months following Cyclone Oswald.
"The Department is working hard to limit the impact of the damage to the range on motorists, and is progressing with works as fast as possible.
"Residents around Sarina Range will see more activity this week as RoadTek are cleaning up debris around the slip areas to allow for assessments to continue."