Washed-out road reopens
AFTER almost 19 months of closure following the 2010-2011 floods, the Wallaville-Goondoon Rd has been reopened to traffic.
Bungadoo residents David and Narelle Pailthorpe noticed the road had reopened about a week ago, despite there being no real announcement by Bundaberg Regional Council.
"The actual road caved in a week before the floods because we had a heavy rain fall," Mr Pailthorpe said.
"That's when the road washed away. It was a very big hole."
Mr Pailthorpe said the section of road repaired was at a corrugated culvert about 2km from the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd.
"Residents on the other side (of the culvert) had about a 5km detour on a really rough dirt road," he said.
"I felt so sorry for them - we didn't have to use the dirt road, but a lot of people did."
Mr Pailthorpe said he went down to the construction site most days in the hope one day it would be open.
"It was a good thing to watch because it was very involved," he said.
Mrs Pailthorpe said because he lived on the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd side of the culvert, it had been very quiet without the usual traffic.
"The grass was growing over the bitumen - we were like a forgotten road," she said.
Council roads and drainage spokesman Tony Ricciardi said there had been quite a delay in getting approvals from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to fix the culvert, which has now been concreted.
"We were halfway through the work when we had a lot of rain during the construction phase," he said.
Cr Ricciardi said although the road was open to traffic, there was still a five-tonne limit on the Geramanbulyan Bridge.
He said the re-opening of the Wallaville-Goondoon Rd was only just the start.
"We still have probably $50 million of flood money we're trying to get," he said.
Cr Ricciardi said the council had applied for 23 "packages" of roads that required repair from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
"To date, we've only had 11 of those packages approved.We are concerned the Reconstruction Authority may short change us."