Bloomfield getting its bridge
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