The Germein Gorge Road during repairs. It is set to reopen next Monday.The fire and flood ravaged Germein Gorge Road in the southern Flinders Ranges will finally open early next month after major repair works.
The main road through the ranges between Port Germein to Murray Town has been closed since January this year after the devastating Bangor Bushfire destroyed vegetation and subsequent heavy rains caused massive flood damage.
Acting Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said time lapse footage released by the State Government showed the enormous task to rebuild the road.
“The footage shows the extent of the repair works being undertaken along Germein Gorge Road, following fire and flood damage earlier this year,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“Services South East Pty Ltd, who are specialists in natural disaster clean-ups, were contracted to do the works.
“They are being undertaken in an environmentally-sensitive manner so as not to further damage the surrounding habitat.”
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said a range of restoration and recovery works have been undertaken.
“We are conserving the original stonemason walls where possible, building 13 temporary silt traps and reinforcing and reinstating the road in areas where it has been damaged beyond repair,” Mr Brock said.
“This will ensure Germein Gorge Road can accommodate future hi-volume water flows.”
The road is expected to be reopened on Monday, 1 September, weather permitting.
The final cost for all repairs is estimated at $2.4 million from the State Government’s Disaster Relief Fund.
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