Reconstruction progress at Bellthorpe Range Road

04 Jul 2012

Following prolonged and intense rainfall in the Moreton Bay region in early 2011, a 1.5km stretch of Bellthorpe Range Road was severely damaged and immediately closed to traffic.

As the main thoroughfare to the Bellthorpe community and a number of surrounding farming businesses, the safety of commuters was Moreton Bay Regional Council’s foremost consideration and the road has remained closed to this day.

Major repair works commenced in November 2011 and the program of work includes the restoration and rehabilitation of pavement, the widening of existing embankments and repairs to slip failures both upstream and downstream of the road pavement.

Several thousand cubic metres of gabion structures are also being installed to retain the road which traverses the steep slopes of the Bellthorpe Range. The reconstruction contract, which was awarded to Doval Constructions, also involves the construction of drainage structures, pavement layers and specialised slope stabilisation measures.

Intensive reconstruction work is being undertaken on the site the goal of finishing works prior to the next wet season. Around thirty workers are involved each day.

AustRail Civil supplied and install the following guardrail on the Bellthorpe reconstruction project;

- 1078m of WBeam Guardrail (new and reused)

- 6 x Type 1 Terminal (MELT or Approach Terminal)

- 1 x Type 2 Terminal ( TT or Trailing Terminal)

This project required the rock drilling of 567 holes and extra long post to accommodate for the steep batters.