Daintree bridge goes under
THE heavier rains were felt across the region last Saturday, especially in the Daintree where Stewart Bridge flooded over yet again for 24 hours.
Upper Daintree resident Graeme Scott said the bridge took another battering and was cut off until Sunday afternoon, citing substantial rainfall up in the mountains above Stewart Creek valley as the main reason.
‘‘Upper Daintree had a fair bit of rain but the flooding was from Stewart Creek rather than the Daintree River,’’ he said.
‘‘Quite often it backs up from the river itself but this time it came down the valley.
‘‘It’s quite a regular yearly event and nearly always goes under with a big rain, but it’s not a major drama because it usually goes down within a day or two.’’
Mr Scott said the local residents were looking forward to the bridge upgrade by Cairns Regional Council next month, however council’s general manager of infrastructure services Bruce Gardiner said the upgrade will not stop the bridge flooding.
‘‘The existing bridge is showing signs of deterioration, which has led to a reduced load limit of eight tonnes being enforced earlier this month,’’ he said.
‘‘Works to be undertaken include the full replacement of all timber components with new high-strength, long-life, laminated timber, new asphalt and rehabilitation of the existing concrete piers.
‘‘These works will not improve flood immunity, as any effective raising of the bridge would also require the raising of a significant length of roadway, which would be cost-prohibitive.’’
Works to replace the bridge will start late April and is expected to take around 12 weeks, weather permitting.
Stewart Creek Bridge was flooded over for 24 hours