Colleges Crossing closes again
IN what is becoming a recurring headache for many Ipswich residents, Colleges Crossing closed again yesterday due to increased rain and dam releases.
An Ipswich City Council spokesperson said it was the sixth time the Mt Crosby Road crossing over the Brisbane River had been closed since October last year.
In the 12 months prior to October 2010, the crossing had only closed twice.
But with forecasters predicting wet conditions to last until March, Ipswich residents face the possibility of the crossing closing more times in the coming weeks.
Colleges Crossing was closed yesterday after the water grid managers opened one gate at the Wivenhoe Dam.
The Moggill Ferry also stopped running yesterday, funnelling those wanting to cross the Brisbane River into the one-lane Mt Crosby weir crossing.
The SEQ Water Grid manager said in a statement that Wivenhoe Dam releases could close for some time.
“Releases will be reviewed and may change depending on rainfall, inflows into the dam and river flows,” the statement said.
“Twin Bridges, Savages Crossing, Burtons Bridge, Kholo Bridge and Colleges Crossing may be inundated for several days.”
Recurring flooding due to the releases has prompted debate this week about the adequacy of the crossings over the river.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Member for Moggill Dr Bruce Flegg, whose electorate covers the Brisbane side of Colleges Crossing, called for improved infrastructure at the Chuwar site.
Cr Paul Tully has also slammed the inadequacy of the Moggill Ferry, calling for it to be replaced with a bridge.
Transport and Main Roads is part-way through a traffic study of Mt Crosby Road to see if it is capable of handling future traffic demands.
However, Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said it would be hard to justify the cost of building a bigger bridge over Colleges Crossing.