Authorities shirk liability for weir
IT’S a big, gaping hole in the road that no one seems keen to fix.
The fall of the floodwaters has revealed major damage to the Brisbane side of Mt Crosby Weir road after it was covered by a raging torrent for more than a week.
Member for Moggill Bruce Flegg said the huge hole was big enough for a car to drop through.
“To my knowledge, no one has inspected it,” he said.
“(The authorities are) still arguing over who has responsibility.
“It's an important link. They need to take responsibility seriously and get it fixed.”
Dr Flegg's educated guess is that SEQWater is the entity most likely to have to pick up the damage bill.
Queensland Police advised yesterday afternoon that “structural tests” were being carried out on the weir by SEQWater.
The weir road is used as an alternative when Colleges Crossing is flooded.
An estimated 10,000 vehicles use Colleges Crossing daily between Brisbane and Ipswich, when the Brisbane River isn't across it.
Without access to the two crossings, commuters add to the traffic along the Centenary and Ipswich motorways.
Mt Crosby Post Office owner Helen Best said customers were worried about how their children would travel to Ipswich schools on Monday.
“It's also the cost of getting to work in Ipswich and going the long way around,” she said.
Dr Flegg said children also travelled from the Ipswich side of the river to attend school at Mt Crosby and other parts of Brisbane.
Ipswich City Council's Works Committee chairman Councillor Trevor Nardi said Colleges Crossing would be closed until at least tomorrow, depending on the weather.
“It's got to be inspected,” he said.