Statue Bay’s Scenic Hwy is set to receive a much-needed upgrade.
Statue Bay’s Scenic Hwy is set to receive a much-needed upgrade. Supplied

Scenic Hwy set for multi-million-dollar makeover

SCENIC views are set to get even better after the Livingstone Shire Council announced plans to repair Statue Bay's Scenic Hwy.

Council has been in discussions with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) over matters relating to funding options for the project.

Statue Bay, which is infamous for landslides and rock falls, has recently been under scrutiny due to lane closures resulting from the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia.

The continual road closures have angered drivers and resulted in traffic issues, causing those from the community to call for repairs.

The project, which is estimated to cost $18 million to $20 million, includes widening the embankment on the sea side of the road and the construction of a retaining wall between the road and the ocean.

Council engaged in discussions with an engineering firm, Hyder Consulting, in order to explore different options for repairing the damage.

Options which were explored all focused on the main idea; infrastructure must be drastically improved so that it can withstand all weather conditions.

One project plan appears to be the pick of the bunch with the council backing a plan which includes the use of rock bolts and shotcrete combined with trimming the existing road batter to shore up the upper slopes of the embankment.

The council's Infrastructure Department senior managers have been working in partnership with the QRA to ensure council's funding application meets the criteria.

A decision is expected to be made by the end of the year and is expected to take about 12 to 15 months to complete.


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