Captain Cook Highway slope stabilisation

Civil, Infrastructure









Pensar was awarded this contract under the Transport Network Reconstruction Program—the Queensland Government initiative committed to rebuilding flood-damaged roadways. Pensar’s work on the Captain Cook Highway involved road reconstruction and slope stabilisation in areas susceptible to slip failure. Works were conducted across several sites between Palm Cove and Port Douglas. All works were completed under stringent TMR specifications, supervision and management, in line with the R2 F2 prequalification requirements.

Project delivery required extensive community liaison and detailed planning for safety, environmental management, staging and traffic management. Adding to the many challenges presented by the project and site, construction was delivered over the wet season under strict environmental regulation by the Wet Tropics Management Authority. Local workers and industry were engaged as a matter of course throughout the project.

Despite the many restrictions and the complex nature of the project, Pensar’s hands-on project management ensured that works were delivered on schedule and on budget. The project was completed with minimal disruption to the local community and motorists, and considerable positive feedback from local stakeholders.

“I have found Pensar to be a highly capable, professional and experienced organisation. Any contractual or construction issues were resolved on site, without the need for dispute resolution. Their project quality control and documentation were amongst the best I have encountered working on Main Roads contracts. Similarly, the project documentation was comprehensive and well controlled.
Paul McCormack

TMR Superintendent’s Representative


Department of Transport & Main Roads


Captain Cook Highway (Cairns to Mossman)


October 2013 – March 2014


  • earthworks excavation & embankment placement
  • road pavement reconstruction
  • subsurface drainage
  • slope stabilisation and protection works
  • 4000 m3 mechanical scaling
  • 5600 m soil nailing
  • 700 m horizontal drains
  • 100 m passive rock dowels
  • 80 m3 shotcreting
  • 4000 m2 high-tensile steel netting
  • steel wire gabion & mattress works
  • 3400 m2 reinforced environmental protection matting
  • management of 10 000 vehicles per day
  • 2200+ hours traffic control
  • clearing at heights using rope access equipment
  • 6000 hours rope access technicians
  • non-explosive in-situ rock breaking
  • stormwater drainage & culvert works
  • line marking
  • landscaping & rehabilitation works

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