Bid to rem­edy flood ob­sta­cle

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Emily Mac­don­ald

BUSI­NESS own­ers are los­ing thou­sands of dol­lars due to the re­peated f l o o d i n g o f B l a k e y s Cross­ing and the sub­se­quent in­ter­rup­tion of their op­er­a­tions.

The no­to­ri­ous flood­ing trou­blespot was closed ear­lier this week and it is likely to be cut off again be­fore the wet sea­son is over.

Po­lice of f i cers were called to di­rect traf­fic at the Mather St round­about and lines of traf­fic were re­ported to be more than 2km long on Mon­day morn­ing.

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Ge­orge Clarke of Pa­cific Coast En­gi­neer­ing said it took him half an hour to crawl in traf­fic from his work­shop in En­ter­prise St on to Wool­cock St.

He s a i d b u s i n e s s e s were los­ing money as not only were cus­tomers de­terred but the na­ture of many of the in­dus­trial

NOT AGAIN: a fa­mil­iar scene at Blakeys Cross­ing busi­nesses in the area meant they hired ex­pensi ve equip­ment which spent what added up to hours stuck in traf­fic.

‘‘ All busi­ness off Ing­ham Rd be­tween Mather St and the Ing­ham Rd Bohle lights are af­fected,’’ Mr Clarke said.

H e r b e r t M P E w e n Jones said he un­der­stood the frus­tra­tion of busi­ness own­ers and mo­torists and urged them to sign t he Fix Blakeys Cross­ing on­line pe­ti­tion be­fore he tabled it in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day.

‘‘ The prob­lem we have is the gov­ern­ment down here says if you’re stuck in traf­fic for half an hour, that’s life in any city, but this is Townsville and it’s not sup­posed to be like this here,’’ Mr Jones said.

‘‘ For the sake of $ 21 mil­lion it’s a pub­lic safety is­sue. If there’s an in­dust r i a l a c c i d e nt a t t he Bohle they’ll have to go all the way round, there’s no other way through.’’

He said al­though the road had been ‘ gifted’ to the coun­cil he didn’t be­lieve it was their re­spon­si­bil­ity to pay for the re­pairs.

Any­one wish­ing to sign t h e p e t i t i o n o n l i n e s houl d v i s i t www. f i x blakeyscross­ing. com. au.

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