Longer wait for third bridge
RESIDENTS will have to wait a little bit longer for a third bridge over the Mary River.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has this week said no planning had been undertaken for a third river crossing.
A call for another bridge came after Kidd Bridge was closed following minor flooding earlier this week.
The department’s response was sparked by a resident, who wrote to The Gympie Times saying plans had already been drawn up for the third bridge.
According to Clive Sandison preliminary plans for a bridge near Pine Street to Widgee Crossing Road and a giant roundabout at Glastonbury Road were complete.
A departmental spokesperson said there were two existing bridges in Gympie that had adequate capacity to cater for the existing and approved development on Gympie’s Southside.
“On average the Kidd Bridge floods once or twice per year,” the spokesperson said.
“There is an alternative bridge within 2.5 kilometres.
“This is a short term inconvenience which occurs in many places around the state during flood events.
“In the most recent flood the bridge was closed for less than 24 hours.
“While there were short periods of congestion during morning and afternoon peaks there were no safety issues associated with the closure.”
Workers travelling home from Gympie to the Southside on Thursday waited up to an hour to get across the river.
One said she was caught in a line that stretched from Normanby Bridge to the Mount Pleasant Road.
Yesterday waters receded enough to allow traffic over Kidd Bridge.
But residents still want a third crossing fast tracked.
Drivers have said traffic controllers, employed to help with the congestion experienced over Normanby Bridge, favoured motorists entering from the Highway.