Call for another bridge

By FRAZER PEARCE frazer.pearce@capnews.com.au

THE push is back on for another bridge in Rockhampton as concerns grow about the number of fume-spewing trucks pounding through the central business district.

A report into heavy traffic through the CBD following complaints from city businesses shows trucks enter Bolsover Street from Fitzroy Street every 1 minute 47 seconds between 6am and 6pm.

Not surprisingly a good whiff of diesel exhaust as a large truck thunders past a cafe is not exactly what al fresco diners are hoping for every couple of minutes as they sip on a latte, not to mention noise and safety issues for shoppers and motorists.

Yesterday the city council's traffic committee chair, Cr Rod Green, said rather than spend millions of dollars developing a CBD bypass, which would see traffic diverted via other streets to upset more businesses and residents, a plan for a new rail/road bridge should be adopted as a long-term solution.

A bridge over the Fitzroy River at Stanley Street, linking with the existing rail and main roads networks in North and South Rockhampton, would be a "win-win' situation for the transport industry and the majority of CBD businesses and residents.

He said the Central Queensland coal boom was generating increasingly heavy vehicle traffic for the city, and it was only going to get busier.

He said if Rockhampton wanted to attract more industry, improving transport infrastructure was a vital step and a new bridge would be a key plank in that development.



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