MOVE IT ON UP: Four months after Cyclone Marcia, Sandra Smith wants this damaged Widgee floodway to be moved up the council’s priority list
MOVE IT ON UP: Four months after Cyclone Marcia, Sandra Smith wants this damaged Widgee floodway to be moved up the council’s priority list Greg Miller

Floodway repairs ‘going too slow’

UPPER Widgee Rd is not quite a bridge over troubled water, according to school bus driver Sandra Smith.

But it is the best that can be done for the time being, according to Gympie Regional Council.

Mrs Smith said the floodway that concerned her was partially washed out by Cyclone Marcia in late February and still had not been fixed.

Council infrastructure councillor Larry Friske said the floodway was on the council's list and would be fixed under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

A council spokesman said the crossing had a lower priority than areas where flood damage meant the road was cut altogether.

"We can't do them all at once," he said.

Mrs Smith said the council had some barriers to direct traffic to the one lane that remained open.

But the damage was worsening, she said.

Damaged causeway on Upper Widgee Rd: Flooding damaged Upper Widgee Road and now residents are concerned its a safety hazard.
Damaged causeway on Upper Widgee Rd: Flooding damaged Upper Widgee Road and now residents are concerned its a safety hazard.

The council had already had to fix a large hole where continuing erosion had undermined the crossing and broken through to the surface.

She said the bus could just manage to cross the floodway, but only one lane of traffic at a time could use it.

And there was always the danger that a driver would be taken by surprise and crash as a result of the

damaged roadway.

The council spokesman said that repairs to damaged roads and bridges were getting there, four months after the late-February cyclone.

"We are wading through a fairly long list and there is a priority," he said.

The council would keep an eye on damage, he said.