|"BUT TIM, WE HAVE TWO BRIDGES|
THAT NEED TO BE UPGRADED".
"SHUT UP AND BE HAPPY WE DID THIS"
When taxi drivers who use this airport access daily call the proposed solution bullshit, you can see the idea is Dead On Arrival. Just so much election detritus.
But then Michael Trout has done it again!
On Tuesday, Michael Trout stood out on the Western Arterial Highway, promising that the LNP would fund a $1.5M PLANNING STUDY for duplication of what is called the Bill Fulton Bridge. This is the bridge, built in 1998, over the Freshwater Creek floodplain, which completed the ability of the highway to provide a flood-proof route for residents north of the Barron River.
It is also the main bypass to the Cairns CBD for truck traffic, along with tourists with caravans and others bound for the north. Townsville is on the verge of having completed a real freeway bypass around the western side of their city - a project costing over $1B.
Traffic levels on the Western Arterial Highway already exceed the design capacity of the road, so duplication of this bridge is overdue. As this is a bridge duplication, it isn't clear what $1.5M buys - go find the original blueprints, and make a copy?
The announcement was accompanied by the usual scary
electioneering - "If an ambulance had to traverse Cairns when the Cook Highway was flooded, it could have fatal consequences", blah, blah.
But this bridge is just one part of the inadequate infrastructure on the Western Arterial Road.
WHAT ABOUT DUPLICATION OF THE BARRON RIVER BRIDGE, MR. TROUT???
WHAT ABOUT DUPLICATION OF THE BALANCE OF THE HIGHWAY, MR. TROUT???
WHAT ABOUT THE BOTTLENECK DESIGN PROBLEMS AT THE CARAVONICA SCHOOL, MR. TROUT???
You can't just fix one bridge and think you've fixed the problem, Mr. Trout. Did you explain that to your LNP puppet masters? "At the time of building, restricting the bridge to two lanes guaranteed future bottlenecks". Sorry, those are your words, Trouty. And the Barron River bridge is currently a deathtrap for cyclists, with its substandard, narrow construction. Cost savings by other bullshit politicians from years gone by.
Meanwhile yesterday alone Campbell Newman dumped almost $1 Billion in promises into the Brisbane area - including a $170M upgrade to a highway intersection and $532M for duplication of a rail line.
This bridge duplication PLANNING STUDY is just another bullshit promise from the LNP for Cairns. Billions get spent in Brisbane while we get more studies to nowhere.
And the worst part? Michael Trout stands shoulder-to-shoulder with these bullshit merchants, smiling and laughing, instead of standing up for the people of Cairns.
Michael Trout should lose just for being such a spineless, flaccid hippocrite and failing to represent the needs of his constituents.