Causeway opened for use
THE Booyal Causeway is again open to traffic following the completion of $1.1 million in upgrades to improve the reliability of the crossing.
Bundaberg Regional Council’s Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesman Cr Tony Ricciardi said that although bad weather and a required environmental release from Paradise Dam had disrupted the original work schedule, he was delighted the crossing was again in use.
“This is an important link for people wanting to access the Bruce Highway via Booyal from the Morganville and Goodnight Scrub areas,” he said.
Cr Ricciardi said the completed work included the installation of five barrels of new large box culverts which would improve flow capacity and assist in mitigating the flooding problems frequently encountered.
“The crossing surface had also been upgraded as well as the installation of fish passage structures and reinforced concrete aprons.”
Cr Ricciardi said that while the work would not make the crossing immune from future flooding, it would allow water to be dispersed more quickly and the effects of minor flooding negated.
“This project was recognised as a priority under the Burnett River Floodplain Action Plan. It was funded by the Federal and State governments through the NDRRA program and additional Betterment funding, as well as Council and SunWater.”
BOOYAL BRIDGE: Re-opened after major repairs.