Bloomfield bridge delayed
FRUSTRATED residents who have to use the at times dangerous Bloomfield River crossing have been told they have to wait until next year before the planned new bridge will be built.
Manager of projects and delivery, for the Department of Main Roads and Transport, Jim Harding-Smith said that work could not begin as planned because the new designs had still not been finalised.
“We are still working through the new design plans and they should be finalised by early next month,” Mr Jim Harding-Smith said.
“Once the plans are completed, the next stage is to put the project out to pre- qualified tenders and then a builder will be chosen to build the bridge.
“The bridge is being built with state and federal funding and we aim to have it built next year.”
In the meantime, Cairns Regional Council will continue to maintain and repair the bridge should it be damaged in any storms or floods.
“Cairns Regional Council is responsible for the continued working order of the existing causeway and will continue to be responsible for the crossing until a permanent bridge is constructed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads,” acting general manager of infrastructure services Bruce Gardiner said.
“Council officers inspect the crossing often and if damage is caused to the structure during the upcoming wet season, council will arrange for any necessary reconstruction works and if the crossing is unusable for an extended timeframe, a passenger ferry will be arranged.
“Due to the distance to the nearest works depot at Mossman, council works closely with the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council to ensure general maintenance and running repairs are undertaken to the structure as required.”
The delay has further angered the residents - the State Government promised a new $5.5 million bridge would replace the existing crossing by the start of the next wet season.