Tem­po­rary Bloomfield cross­ing fix

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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