CAPE Tribulation and Wujal Wujal residents are getting excited about progress on the two bridges being built at Woobadda Creek and the Bloomfield River. Footings for two of the three pillars at Woobadda have been poured, and once the third is completed, work will stop until after the wet season.
The much bigger Bloomfield Bridge construction has been slowly coming together.
A rock working platform has been built parallel to the Ford crossing.
A huge drilling rig has been driven up from Brisbane, and a crane from Townsville. Both crane and rig then had to be brought up along the Inland Road by lowloaders, then assembled on site.
Drilling of 13 metre metal pipes could be completed within three weeks, then filled with concrete mixed on site.
Francis Walker, a member of the Wujal Wujal community, says that it’s an incredible experience to see the logistical complexity and size of the equipment, and that, having lived through crossings that have regularly washed away, residents are looking forward to a permanent fix for the river.
PROGRESS: Crane and drilling rig at Bloomfield River