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Flood recovery works

Efforts to repair the City after ex-tropical cyclone Debbie are underway. Flooding and rain caused damage to over 100 pieces of infrastructure.

Flood recovery works

The City of Gold Coast works to keep the community safe during weather events and disasters and we don’t stop when the events die down. Our work continues until the clean-up and repair works are complete.

Ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie

Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie passed over the Gold Coast in March 2017 and brought 870 millimetres of rain within 30 hours, almost the entire average annual rainfall amount for the city. Flooding lashed the coastline and hinterland rivers rose by over five metres, eroding banks and destroying bridges.

Our construction crews have worked hard to repair a number of jobs already and have restored safe access to most areas. Public safety is our highest priority and some closures remain in place. Early repair costs are currently estimated at $20 million, with funding provided by the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Damaged infrastructure

We sustained damage to over 100 pieces of infrastructure including roads, bridges, pontoons, revetment walls, fire trails, stormwater drainage, causeways, and we are working to clear more than 50 landslips

The city’s beaches held up extremely well thanks to our leading coastal management program that ensures the coastline is protected from stormwater damage and erosion.

Alan Wilke Bridge restoration

Construction work is underway to repair the severe damage sustained to the Alan Wilke Bridge in Luscombe.

We have prioritised the restoration of the bridge with a view to reopening it to traffic by August 2017, dependent on weather.

More information

Flood recovery repair works fast-tracked

The City has a dedicated recovery team in place and all restoration works are being prioritised. We are working hard to repair damaged infrastructure and we plan to deliver most of the works by 2018.

Please be assured every effort is being made to fast track the works.

Below is a list of restoration projects. This list will be updated as works progress.

Road projects

Location Status
Stanmore Road
Luscombe.
Near the intersection with Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road and Stanmore Road causeway approach.
Closed to all traffic.
Major detour in place. Please follow signs, and note that your journey will take longer than usual. Bridge severely damaged. Structural report underway, bridge repair design required. Initial repair works expected to be completed by the end of August (weather permitting).
For more information see the Alan Wilke Bridge restoration project page.
View detour map.
Syndicate Road
Tallebudgera Valley.
Tallebudgera Creek Road to Bridge
Open with traffic management in place. Works have commenced.
Petsch Creek Road
Tallebudgera Valley.
Various locations.
Road open. Works completed.
Araluen Road
Tallebudgera Valley
Partial road closure
Twelve (12) tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM) limit after causeway crossing.
Traffic management in place.

Tallebudgera Creek Road, various sections from Syndicate Road.
Tallebudgera Valley

Landslips are also located along this route.

Road open, with traffic management in place.
Len Dickfos Road
Tallebudgera Valley.
Tallebudgera Creek Road to Bridge.
Road open with traffic management in place.
Somerset Drive
Mudgeeraba.
Gold Coast Springbrook Road to skate park.
Road open. Works complete.
Martens Street
Beenleigh-Nyholt Drive, Yatala.
Albert River Bridge approach.
Road open. Works completed.
Highfield Drive
Merrimac.
All Saints Anglican School to Breakwater Road.
Road open to traffic.
Robina Parkway
Markeri Street to Gooding Drive.
Road open to traffic.
Robina Town Centre Drive
Robina.
Highfield Drive to Bayberry Lane.
Road open to traffic.

Austinville Road
Austinville.
Various sections.

Landslips are also located along this route.

Road open, with traffic management in place.
Chesters Road
Numinbah Valley.
various sections.
Road open. Works complete.
Heritage Drive
Clagiraba.
Heritage Drive Bridge approach.
Road open. Works complete.
Staghorn Drive, Austinville.
Adjacent to Austinville Community Park.
Road open. Works complete.
Bakers Road, Natural Bridge. Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
Guanaba Creek Road
Guanaba
Road open. Works complete.

Bridge projects

Location Status
Alan Wilke Bridge
Luscombe.
Closed to all traffic.
Major detour in place. Please follow signs, and note that your journey will take longer than usual. Bridge severely damaged. Repair works expected to be completed by the end of August (weather permitting).
For more information see the Alan Wilke Bridge restoration project page.
View detour map.
Tallebudgera Creek Road Bridge 2
Tallebudgera Valley.
After Mount Cougal Road.
Partial road closure.
Closed to vehicles over  ten (10) tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM).
Temporary causeway under construction.
More information.
Tallebudgera Creek Road Bridge 3
Tallebudgera Valley.
Road open.
Environmental assessments underway.
Currumbin Creek Road causeway
Currumbin Valley.
Partial road closure.
Causeway open, with traffic management in place.
Araluen Road causeway
Tallebudgera Valley.
Causeway open, with traffic management in place.
Weedons Crossing
Nerang.
Make safe works are complete. Investigations underway to advise restoration works.

Flood mitigation and drainage projects

Location Status
Whiteash Road
Bonogin.
Repair works undertaken between late August and November 2017.

Landslip projects

Location Status
37, 59 and 98 Lowry Court
Nerangwood.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
941, 1380, 1584 and 1585 Currumbin Creek Road
Currumbin Valley.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
Araluen Road
Tallebudgera Valley.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
664, 893, 1428, 1514 and 1129 Tallebudgera Creek Road
Tallebudgera Valley.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
341, 382 and 387 Mt Nimmel Road
Austinville.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
31 and 126 Austinville Road
Austinville.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
54 Howards Creek Place,
Wongawallan.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
85 Bakers Road
Natural Bridge.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
25 Tarlington Road
Lower Beechmont.
Partial road closure.
Road open, with traffic management in place.
171 Smith Road
Bonogin.
Road open. Works completed.
Mt Cougal Road
Tallebudgera Valley.
Road open. Works completed.
351 Bonogin Road
Bonogin.
Road open. Works to be scheduled.

Please observe warning signs, exercise caution and slow down when driving past construction zones.


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More information

If you need more information please email us at roadrecovery@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

For people still needing assistance please call the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349.

To check regular updates on flood recovery please subscribe to our Community News eNewsletter.

State Government

Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads - Projects website for more information on State Government roads.

For more information on State Government plans for recovery, visit the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website and view the State Recovery Plan 2017-2019: Operation Queensland Recovery document.

This page will be updated as works progress. Thank you for your patience as we work to restore our city.

Related information

Jump to key information
  • Why are some roads and bridges closed?

    Roads and bridges were damaged in the flood events associated with ex-tropical cyclone Debbie in March 2017 (see list above).

    A few roads and bridges remain closed or partially closed due to safety issues. Safety is our highest priority and some reduced load limits apply until repairs are carried out.

  • How long before the roads are reopened?

    Public safety is our highest priority. Every effort is being made to expedite works, and repair works have started. We will provide updates on this webpage as works progress.

  • When will Alan Wilke Bridge reopen?

    The eastern approach to the bridge was severely damaged and the flood water eroded the banks of the Albert River at this location.

    We are working on a solution that will deliver the best possible bridge repair design and fast track the opening of the bridge. Every effort is being made to expedite works. We expect all works to be completed by late August 2017.

  • What about detour routes and signage?

    Stanmore Road - Alan Wilke Bridge is the only full road closure, and detour signage is in place. Please refer to the map above for details of the detour.

  • Who is funding the restoration works?

    We are applying for funding from the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). This is a joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments to provide disaster relief and recovery payments and infrastructure restoration to help communities recover from the effects of natural disasters.

  • What will the repairs include?

    Works will include the restoration of roads, bridges, causeways and culverts. Where appropriate we will be seeking funding approval to make assets more resilient to future flood events.

  • When will construction start?

    Works are already underway across the city. We are prioritising works for the most significantly damaged areas and where road safety is an issue. Our maintenance staff have already completed significant clean up works. 

  • Will restoration works fix all of the damaged roads?

    Funding for flood damage restoration is limited to specific sites identified and approved by Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery. 

  • I have a question that isn’t answered here, who can I contact?

    As soon as we have more detailed information we will update this web page. If you have a specific concern, please call 1300 GOLD COAST (1300 465 326) or email us at roadrecovery@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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