Road works at Booyal Crossing.
Road works at Booyal Crossing.

Booyal Crossing works to be completed by end of month

WORK currently under way at the Booyal Crossing to improve water flow and address the regularity of flooding at the site is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

Bundaberg Regional Council Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesman Tony Ricciardi said some delay had been experienced to the original timeframe for completion due to rain and a requirement for environmental releases from Paradise Dam.

Cr Ricciardi said the work being undertaken at the crossing included the installation of several barrels of new large box culverts which would improve flow capacity and assist in mitigating the flooding problems frequently encountered.

"The project has been costed at $1.5 million with council, SunWater and the State and Federal government, through the NDRRA and Betterment programs, jointly funding the work."

SunWater Central Region service manager Milton Pukallus said water was routinely released from dams for operational reasons, to meet environmental requirements and irrigation demand.

"Depending on the size of the flows, these operational water releases may have short term impact on low lying areas causing some roads and causeways to be temporarily closed and inundation of low lying parcels of land, particularly during the irrigation season," Mr Pukallus said.

"We understand the inconvenience this can cause to residents, and we have listened to community feedback.

"We're pleased to be part of this joint project, which will deliver positive results for the local community."

Cr Ricciardi said the work represented the last of the betterment funded flood recovery projects and will significantly enhance the use of the area that is important to local and visitor traffic alike.

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