August 4 2017: Fitzgerald Esplanade re-opens after repair and upgrade project
Innisfail's Fitzgerald Esplanade has re-opened to 'through' traffic after a $240,000 major repair and upgrade project.
A wet season flood event caused a section of the riverside road to collapse in January when stormwater pipes failed.
Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos said Council was happy to have awarded the contract to local company Allan Sultana Constructions, stimulating local jobs and growth. He also thanked council staff for a project that has not only repaired but upgraded a well-used road which services homes, businesses and sporting clubs and is a route to schools.
"As part of this project larger stormwater pipes have been laid underneath the road and for another 50m to better cope with extreme rain events,'' Cr Kremastos said.
"Council is in the final stages of formalising partial funding from the Federal and Queensland Government through their joint Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. We have contributed the funds for the upgrade component."
Cr Glenn Raleigh said the project had been a challenging one given delays caused by rain and the discovery of an old refuse dump during the stormwater pipe upgrade work.
"Nearly 2000m of fill needed to be replaced as a result of the discovery,'' he said.
"The old 750mm-diameter pipe has been removed and we now have a 1050mm pipe, in line with current flood study recommendations."
Cr Jeff Baines thanked residents and regular Fitzgerald Esplanade road users for their patience since the road was cut near the Innisfail tennis courts, and apologised for inconveniences.
"The job proved to be more complex after further investigation but the longer timeframe allowed us to address issues that would have arisen in the future,'' he said.