Kuranda Range Road upgrade: the environmental and technical challenge of planning a road through wet tropics World Heritage rainforest

The need to upgrade the Kuranda Range Road, in Queensland, Australia, to four lanes with the capacity to handle freight-efficient vehicles (such as B-Doubles) was a priority infrastructure recommendation of the Far North Queensland (FNQ) Regional Plan adopted by the Queensland Government and all eight local councils in 1999. The need to protect World Heritage Area listed sites resulted in the integration of environmental and engineering criteria into the preliminary design. The project has benefited from comprehensive ecological research aimed at developing practical design criteria to mitigate key potential environmental impacts. The paper describes the unique challenges posed by the project as a consequence of its physical and legislative environment and the technical solutions developed to mitigate adverse impacts as a fundamental aspect of the concept level design. The paper also describes the development of multi-media consultation tools required to convey the many complex issues to the public during the statutory public notification period. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E215943.

  • Authors:
    • ARMSTRONG, A
    • RIVETT, D
  • Publication Date: 2007-8

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01094889
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2008 8:08AM