Cause­way opened for use

Isis Town and Country - - News - BUND­ABERG RE­GIONAL COUN­CIL

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.

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