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Urgent repairs for Millaa Millaa-Malanda Road

Specialist machinery and road seal experts are heading to Far North Queensland to carry out urgent repairs to a local road outside of Cairns.

Issues with Millaa Millaa—Malanda Road near Tarzali began to appear last week during routine road resurfacing.

Transport and Main Roads engineers reduced the speed limit and added gravel mix to the surface, however late yesterday the road surface deteriorated.

Transport and Main Roads District Director Sandra Burke said about 60 motorists had so far contacted the department seeking compensation for damage caused to their vehicles.

'The situation is completely unacceptable and I apologise on behalf of the department to all those people whose vehicles were damaged and travel plans disrupted by this extremely unusual event,' Ms Burke said.

'We became aware of an issue with about two kilometres of road surface on June 25 and immediately reduced the road speed from 80km/h to 60km/h, swept the road surface and put signs in place.

'What occurred yesterday will be the subject of a departmental investigation in close consultation with the contractors. 

'We believe recent cold and wet weather followed by a period of warmer conditions combined to destabilise the road surface which effectively became a sticky substance.

'Meanwhile work crews were already on site this morning repairing damage and preparing for further road works today. “We will spread additional stone over the site and roll it into place to improve conditions.

'This is a temporary treatment and we will work with the contractor to determine the best way to permanently repair the road once weather conditions are more favourable.'

Ms Burke said a specialised panel-heating machine was being transported from Brisbane to the site.

'This machine uses infra-red heat technology to accelerate the sealing process and can be used in variable weather,' she said.

'We have asked for a TMR bitumen seal expert to travel to the site to provide technical support.'

Ms Burke said there was a claims process motorists could follow to seek compensation for any damage they believed had been caused by the incident.

'All claims will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we will ensure proven claims receive fair compensation,' she said.

'Any motorists whose vehicles have been damaged should contact TMR on 4045 7144.'

More information about road conditions across Queensland’s state-controlled road network is available via the TMR QLDTraffic website or 13 19 40 information services.

Last updated
24 May 2019