Up­graded road fails the most ba­sic test

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

I WOULD like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the Main Roads Dept for the magnificent job they did of build­ing the new sec­tion of road from Mount Low Park­way turnoff to the bridge at Black River.

I would also like to thank the en­gi­neers who must have put a lot of thought into en­sur­ing it was built cor­rectly and more im­por­tantly flood-proof. I think they might need to go back to school to re-learn their skills and the ba­sic con­cepts.

I find it to­tally un­ac­cept­able that a sec­tion of the na­tional high­way ( Bruce High­way) is sub­ject to flood­ing af­ter just hav­ing mil­lions of dol­lars spent on it, for an up­grade. I would have thought our il­lus­tri­ous coun­cil would have of­fered sound ad­vice to the Mains Roads Dept about the flood lev­els in that area and the need to build the road at an ap­pro­pri­ate height to mit­i­gate fu­ture flood­ing.

I have been for­tu­nate enough to travel to many parts of the world in­clud­ing many so-called ‘‘ third world coun­tries’’ and quite frankly they have bet­ter road sys­tems in place to mit­i­gate flood­ing and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters to en­suretheir main high­ways are keep open. At times I won­der just who is the ‘ third world coun­try’, maybe we are.

J. LAVERY, Blue­wa­ter Park.

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