Palmertson Highway & Millaa Millaa – Malanda Slope Stabilisation

Key capabilities: Slope stabilisation; Major road & highway infrastructure; Earthworks
Project location: Millaa Millaa & Malanda, Queensland
Client name: Department of Transport & Main Roads
Project duration: July 2013 – May 2014
Project value: $7.5 Million

About the project

The project involved remediation works on the Palmerston Highway and also Millaa Millaa to Malanda Rd roads and embankments damaged during Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and Cyclone Oswald in 2013.

Project scope

Works included:

  • Clearing and demolition;
  • Earthworks excavation and embankment placement – approx 40,000m3;
  • New road pavement reconstruction;
  • Slope stabilisation and protection works;
  • 7,000m soil nails and rock dowels;
  • 300m3 shotcrete;
  • 200m3 steel wire gabions and mattresses;
  • 400m2 high tensile netting;
  • 2,000m2 geofabric netting;
  • Slope protection works;
  • Stormwater drainage and culvert works;
  • Line marking;
  • Landscaping.

Innovations & highlights

  • Coordination and planning of the project with minimal impact to the community and road users on the main arterial road between Innisfail, Ravenshoe and Atherton (FNQ Tablelands)
  • Coordination of the works to minimise impacts to road users, pedestrians and local stakeholders. This required significant pre-planning and coordination with specialist subcontractors, the client (DTMR), local authorities, local stakeholders, as well as other DTMR projects in close proximity to the contract works
  • Engagement of local subcontractors to complete works, thereby assisting in local employment and community development