Infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald in front of the landslip on River Heads Rd.
Infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald in front of the landslip on River Heads Rd.

Council calls for River Heads Rd roadworks tenders

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has called for tenders to repair 200m of River Heads Rd after a landslip in March.

A 4m section of the road embankment slipped after water built up under the road during summer's wet weather.

Councillor for infrastructure and planning Trevor McDonald said eventually the road cracked.

"Eventually the pressure from the water was enough to push out a section of the fill used to create the road base, causing the road to slump," he said.

The council commissioned a geotechnical survey of the embankment to find the cause of the water build-up so new plans could be designed to rebuild the damaged road.

"A section of the filled area will have to be dug out and replaced, new internal drainage and cross-drainage installed and a rock wall built to shore up the embankment," Cr McDonald said.

"The internal drains will stop water pressure building up under the road as well as ensure that water collecting in the bedding sand in Telstra and water main trenches can drain freely.

River Heads Rd has been closed since March 28 and will remain closed, and traffic diverted along Cove Boulevard, until the project is finished.

The speed limit along Cove Boulevard has been lowered to 50kmh while the work is being done.

Tenders for the project close on July 4.

The council hopes work will start as soon as possible.