Rebuild project digs deep
THE soft underbelly of Chapel Rd has required up to four times the work that is normally needed to fix the road, due to the wet weather early this winter.
"Normally only 300mm to 400mm of subsoil has to be removed," said Councillor Trevor McDonald.
With these works, however, up to two metres of soggy clay subsoil has been excavated.
Cr McDonald said it has been replaced with crushed recycled concrete over which a new road will be built.
The work that was put on hold for two months because of the prolonged wet weather and wet subsoil is once again under way with staff working on Saturdays and rostered days off.
Work started on the site in late May in what was to be a six-week, $720,000 project to rebuild a 900m section of Chapel Rd from near the Main St intersection west towards Woods Rd.
The new work will be an eight-metre wide sealed section with new table drains and culverts installed under the road to improve drainage.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the project was expected to be finished by the end of September, weather permitting.
"The council apologises for any inconvenience caused during the construction of the proposed works," said Cr O'Connell.
Rainfall totals since the Chapel Rd work started
- May: 82mm
- June: 225mm
- July: 64mm