New Bloom­field River bridge work won’t start this year

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

AL­THOUGH $5 mil­lion was al­lo­cated in the state bud­get for the con­struc­tion of a bridge at the Bloom­field River cross­ing, the work is un­likely to go ahead this year. Ten­ders were called for the con­struc­tion and are back in but State MP David Kemp­ton said there was a need to re­design the bridge to get the ‘‘best value for money’’. ‘‘There were sev­eral ten­ders and it’s not that they were too high but it’s value for money, cheap­est isn’t al­ways best so we have got to look at do­ing it more eco­nom­i­cally to get a bet­ter out­come,’’ he said.

The re­design is ex­pected to take a cou­ple of weeks and the new plan is to start con­struc­tion next dry sea­son.

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