Second landslide on River Heads Rd causes date slip
THE closure of part of River Heads Rd is expected to last another three months after a second landslide caused further destruction.
A section of the major road was washed out in the January floods and residents have had to use a detour while the council employed Qcivil to repair the damage.
Infrastructure and planning councillor Trevor McDonald said a second slip had since hit the road and the scope of works would need to be increased.
"The delay caused because work was suspended while the extra geotechnical assessment was undertaken, and the extra work to excavate the clay and stumps, will have an impact on the duration and cost of the project," Cr McDonald said.
He said repairs would be completed by mid-November - meaning closures would have been in place for about 10 months.
River Heads Progress Association president Billie Rustin said the community wanted the road reopened but understood the reasons for the delays.
"I think the word to describe the feeling out here is philosophical," she said.
"We're between a rock and a hard place because we've got to have the road fixed and the only way to do that is to go along with what has to be done."
Cr McDonald said the State Government was being relied upon for the money - which he believed had now amounted to about $500,000.
He said Cove Blvd and Bengston Rd, used as the detour route, would also probably now need upgrading due to increased traffic use.