North swamped by fl oods
NORTH Queensland roads closed yesterday: The Bruce Highway, Kennedy Development Rd between The Lynd and Hughenden, Richmond to Winton, Peninsula Development Rd, Burke Development Rd, Gulf Development Rd, multiple roads in Cassowary Coast Regional Council area, Normanton to Burketown. Burketown to Northern Territory border via Doomadgee, multiple roads in the Gulf Country. There is a 44-tonne load limit for vehicles on the Kennedy Development Rd between Mt Garnet and The Lynd. and that the Gulf Development road between the Forty Mile Scrub east of Mt Surprise and the important Gulf Country township of Normanton, which links to the port of Karumba, has been closed 264 times.
The Bruce Highway in the Ingham area has been closed f i v e t i me s s i n c e b e f o r e Christmas, causing disruption over the festive season and distress to travellers and businesses all Queensland.
Mr Wikman said t here were sections of the Bruce Highway that were 40 to 50 years old.
He said the increased frequency of flooding now made the road situation a much more pressing and urgent matter than a few years ago.
He said the vulnerability of the highway to flooding was one of the critical things that
North had to be addressed by the Federal Government, which he said had dropped the ball as far as looking after road travellers in the North was concerned.
‘‘ The Bruce Highway is a major east coast transport corridor and any closures on it impact around the nation,’’ Mr Wikman said.
‘‘ The RACQ as an organisation calls on the Federal Government to improve the