Temporary Bloomfield crossing fix
A TEMPORARY fix for the Bloomfield crossing should be in place within two weeks - but is expected to get washed down the river before the construction of a new $5.5 million bridge.
Cairns Regional Council engineers are finalising options to repair the crossing, which was washed away by recent flooding, and will initially concentrate on stabilising the remaining section of the causeway to ensure further damage does not occur.
Council’s infrastructure services manager Stephen Tyter said the next step would be to place rocks adjacent to existing sections of the causeway as a temporary access measure.
“Due to the aggressive nature of the Bloomfield River, it is not envisaged this temporary crossing will be sustainable through the remaining wet season and continued support from the SES to ferry people across the river will need to be maintained,” he said.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said plans to construct a bridge over the crossing are being fast-tracked and work should begin later this year.
Engineers have already chosen a suitable location for the new bridge and completed preliminary drilling and hydraulic analysis.