Kuranda Range

Civil, Infrastructure



Project Highlights

  • This was the first project undertaken by DTMR on the Kuranda Range to feature 24 hour construction work
  • Works took place in an environmentally sensitive World Heritage Tropical area.
  • Work undertaken in the wet season.
  • The project survived a Cyclone.
  • The project was constructed on time and budget.
  • There were no lost time injuries.
  • There were no significant or serious traffic incidents


Kuranda Range, Cairns QLD


Department of Transport and Main Roads


Jan 2014 to Aug 2014 (projected)

Client References   

Matt Messina/Andre De Wit

Project Overview

  • Clearing & Grubbing in a Wet Tropic World Heritage Area.
  • Rock Scaling and batter regrading using a long reach and at times beyond the reach of a long reach.
  • Earthworks excavation and embankment works including the rock armouring of down slope batters on a narrow, winding and busy road.
  • Traffic management that included contraflow, 24hour lane closures, the use of temporary traffic lights over a 24hr period all in extreme weather conditions.
  • Road pavement reconstruction.
  • Slope Stabilization & Protection Works
  • Soil Nailing and rock doweling both upslope and down slope using elevated work platforms and sleds,
  • Shotcreting both upslope and down slope batters using fibre and unfibre reinforced Coloured concrete.
  • The installation of Steel Wire Gabion & Mattress Works down slope to enable curve widening and out fall structure protection.
  • High Tensile Steel and Erosion Netting was installed on both up slope and down slope.
  • A Fauna Crossing was constructed.

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