Road repairs hit by more floods
IT will cost more than $1.5 billion to repair Queensland roads after this disaster – and a hefty chunk of that money will be needed in Bundaberg and North Burnett.
Almost no road in the region was left unaffected with pot holes, missing bitumen and water now common features on our road networks.
In the North Burnett alone, the newly built $1 million Derrandungy Bridge will need to be replaced along with repairs to thousands of kilometres of roads.
North Burnett Regional Council mayor Joy Jensen said 67 roads were closed in her region, with many others only barely open.
Bundaberg roads are not any better off, as water inundates streets for a second time, according to Bundaberg councillor David Batt.
The city is once again copping the brunt with Kendalls Flat, Targo, Tantitha and Walla streets all under water again.
“Bridges and roads over the Perry River, Pine Creek, Cherry Creek and Branyan Drive are all under,” Cr Batt said.
“The river is expected to peak about 5m and start going down (tomorrow) afternoon and we’re hoping no water will go through any floor boards.
“Just over 5.2m or 5.3m is when the water starts to get into homes.”
The badly damaged Splitters Creek bridge is expected to be under water this morning, further delaying scheduled repair work.
“When the works are rescheduled, road crews will work 24 hours a day for two to three days to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible,” a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said.
“Where possible, repairs will be completed under traffic, however at some point, a full closure of this section of road will be necessary.”
This closure will mean those wishing to travel between Gin Gin and Bundaberg will need to travel via Apple Tree Creek, with Cedars Bridge still closed.