Dain­tree bridge goes un­der

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Flooded:

Ste­wart Creek Bridge was flooded over for 24 hours

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