Route to Biloela severed with questions raised about bridge
THE main supply route into Gladstone from Biloela was cut on Monday and it's not known when it will be repaired.
Water from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald structurally damaged the Double Creek bridge in late January, just west of Calliope.
The result of heavy rains on Monday knocked out the last defence, the detour road.
Agforce regional representative Leo Neill-Ballantine said the bridge wasn't built properly originally.
"The old wooden bridge, water just flowed around it," he said.
"They've excavated it right out and have indirectly altered the course of water.
"I'm not an engineer, but you don't have to be real bright to work it out."
Locals have resorted to parking on one side of the Dawson Hwy bridge and walking across the bridge to a car on the other side.
The Department of Main Roads cannot fix the detour until the rain stops.
"With the current flooding, the Double Creek sidetrack is as much as two metres underwater," a spokesperson said.
"At least half a day of works is required to reinstate the sidetrack once floodwaters recede."
Residents anticipate that in its current state, a few days will be required.
The Dawson Hwy is a route used to transport materials for construction and resource industry projects in Gladstone.
Mr Neill-Ballantine said it's a ridiculous situation.
"People have just had enough. We're in 2013 and it seems to be worse than years ago."
Calliope business cut-off and shutting shop
A CALLIOPE business owner cut-off from the town estimates hundreds of residents have been affected by the closure.
Calliope Automotive Field and Towing is shutting down on Friday, March 1, with customers' cars stuck on their property, until the road is passable but they're unsure when that will be.
Part-owner Davida Eiser is frustrated with the lack of information given.
"We have been told nothing," she said.
Mrs Eiser said the detour section was weak to start.
"It's a bit of a joke. It was a tiny piece of pipe and the water has just gone over it," she said.
With the bridge out of action for what could be months, Mrs Eiser is hoping the detour is fixed properly.
"It's not going to take much for it to go again," she said.