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Quarry Beach Road repairs completed

Thursday 16 May, 2013

Parks Victoria is pleased to announce that Quarry Beach Road which leads to Mallacoota Coastal Reserve has been repaired and is again open to traffic.

The road was severely damaged last June during a rain storm which flooded the nearby Horse Trap Creek.  The road was undercut by the flood waters resulting in a partial collapse of the road. There were also signs of cracking in the road surface which indicated further subsidence, so the road was closed to vehicles.  

Repairing the road presented a major structural challenge due to the difficult site and its close proximity to Horsetrap Creek. Construction contractor Russell Brown of Sahara Jay Enterprises and his team employed some ingenious engineering solutions to reconstruct the road, such as a 20 metre long cable-tied retaining wall backfilled with expanded polystyrene blocks.

The road surface was constructed with cement treated crushed rock, and a pedestrian safety fence and vehicle barriers have been built along the new road structure. A quantity of accumulated flood debris and soil from the creek bed also had to be removed to prevent future undermining of the road.

Darryl Burns, Ranger in Charge for Far East Gippsland says it’s been an impressive reconstruction. “Russell Brown and his team have done an outstanding job and come up with some clever and very effective solutions in rebuilding a difficult road in a very difficult location.”  

The opening of Quarry Beach road means that people can once again drive to this popular beach and also access the recently completed Mallacoota Coastal Walk from the carpark there.

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