Bloom­field get­ting its bridge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

RES­I­DENTS and busi­ness op­er­a­tors alike are cel­e­brat­ing news that con­struc­tion on a new Bloom­field Bridge in the Dain­tree will start next week.

The bridge at Wu­jal Wu­jal will re­place the causeway that is sub­ject to reg­u­lar flood­ing.

The bridge has been in the plan­ning for at least five years, with fund­ing delays and Cy­clone Yasi putting its con­struc­tion on hold.

Lo­cal tour guide Mike D’Arcy said the bridge will give much greater cer- tainty to the com­mu­nity. ‘‘The fact that progress is be­ing made is won­der­ful,’’ Mr D’Arcy said yes­ter­day. ‘‘It’s needed for both res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the area.

‘‘ The com­mu­nity is of­ten split dur­ing the all-too fre­quent flood­ing of the causeway, while busi­nesses could only op­er­ate with any cer­tainty for a few months of the year.’’

The bridge will be built on con­crete pil­lars and the sur­face will also be con­crete.

Lo­cal MP David Kemp­ton said that af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the Wu­jal Wu­jal Coun­cil, the bridge should have sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion by De­cem­ber.

‘‘The ap­proaches and the bridge will be com­pleted to Q2 stan­dard,’’ Mr Kemp­ton said.

‘‘That means it will only be flooded at high tide for a short pe­riod in a Q2 flood event.’’

Weather per­mit­ting, the bridge will be of­fi­cially opened in Fe­bru­ary next year.

FLOOD: the Bloom­field is fre­quently un­der­wa­ter

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