Bridge builder

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Pic­ture: MIKE D’ARCY

PROGRESS: Crane and drilling rig at Bloom­field River

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