Calls are heating up for the Boyne River Bridge to be replaced.
MUNDUBBERA locals have voiced their concerns about the Boyne River Bridge, saying it is now time for a new one to be built.
Graham Lohse said he could remember a time when hardly anyone drove along the Boyne River Bridge.
“I just came in from lunch a while ago and I met nine cars as I was driving and five cars went past my place as I was backing out,” Mr Lohse said. “It’s a very busy road now. “Sometimes I have to wait to go across the bridge as there could be five or six cars coming across.
“It never used to be like that; I could drive all the way to town and see nobody.”
Mr Lohse, who has lived on the south side of the bridge since 1969, said he had been left isolated from Mundubbera by flood waters cutting off the bridge innumerable times.
“We were just completely cut off,” he said.
“The water has got to drop really low there before you can get over the bridge.
“That’s the gateway to the south now and you’ve got that one little low bridge there.”
Mr Lohse said he would like to see a new high-level bridge built behind Boynewood State School.
He said this would decrease accidents near the bridge. “Instead of going on to the bridge, they sometimes go straight ahead,” he said.
“One day a bloke went straight out there, he had a ute full of fruit and it was that heavy he went straight out and on to the ground.
“There have been plenty of accidents on there.”
Mr Lohse said some of the accidents were fatal.
“A bloke lost his life there a number of years ago,” he said.
“A truck came down from the other side and veered off the road there and he was killed.”
North Burnett Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan said she agreed with Mr Lohse, though there were no plans for the upgrade.
“It would cut across to make it a straight line to meet up with the Durong road, instead of go up and down and around,” Cr Whelan said.
She said the risk of the bridge flooding placed the region’s economy at risk.
“If we got produce ready to be shipped and we can’t get through because of that bridge, producers are going to have losses,” she said.
“We’ve been lobbying the government both federally and state for a number of years. “The safety of the bridge, with the two lanes turning to one going on to the bridge and the sharp corners, I’m quite amazed there haven't been more fatalities.”
Cr Whelan said she rested the future of her career on the bridge.
“I’ve always said that I wouldn’t retire until I achieved a new Boyne River Bridge,” she said.
CALL FOR CHANGE: Graham Lohse has lived near the Boyne River bridge for years and has seen it flood numerous times.
BUSY BRIDGE: Graham Lohse has lived near the Boyne River bridge for years and has seen it flood numerous times.