Bridge idea floated
AN ALTERNATIVE Brisbane River crossing could be one of the options considered by the State Government in the wash-up to the flood disaster.
Although reluctant to give the issue any priority while there was still a human toll to worry about, Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said he stuck by his belief that the bridge over Colleges Crossing should be raised above the flood level.
Mr Wendt copped some criticism earlier this month when he said it would be hard to justify the estimated $20m to $30m cost of building a bigger bridge over the Brisbane River at Colleges Crossing, which has flooded several times in the last three months.
The shape of the bank leading up to the crossing would mean the bridge would have to be several hundred metres long, and Mr Wendt said he believed the majority of people would not support such an expense for a bridge that would only be needed during rare rain events – like the ones seen during the last few months in south-east Queensland.
“To increase the height at Colleges Crossing would be extraordinarily expensive,” Mr Wendt said.
“To make Mt Crosby Weir the main crossing is not feasible and I believe the existing crossing is still 99.9 per cent appropriate, but perhaps another route has to be considered.”
Mr Wendt said the path of the existing Moggill Ferry could be an option for a new bridge, but that any discussions could be put on hold for now.
“All these things will come out over the coming months,” he said.
Transport and Main Roads is part-way through a traffic study of Mt Crosby Road to see if it is capable of handling future demand.
The bridge at Colleges Crossing opened late Sunday afternoon, having only emerged from the floodwater on Friday.
It had been closed off since mid-December due to a combination of heavy rain and large-scale releases from Wivenhoe Dam.
A Main Roads spokesman said crews worked throughout the weekend to repair extensive damage caused by debris.
The bridge was under about 10m of water at the peak of the flooding.
As of yesterday the cost of reopening the crossing was still unknown.
Further upstream, the Mt Crosby Weir crossing on Allawah Road was also damaged – though not as badly as authorities first feared.
Mr Wendt said Main Roads was hoping to re-open Allawah Road overnight.