MP says 'build a bridge'
AS THE only link to Gympie from the Southside when the Mary River is in minor flood, Normanby Bridge is a bottleneck at peak traffic periods.
While the congestion was lessened on Tuesday due to the cancellation of schools across the region, yesterday's traffic jam had commuters seething.
There is no planning or funding allocated to construct a new bridge to replace Kidd Bridge.
Member for Gympie and Southside resident, David Gibson, was also stuck in traffic yesterday morning trying to get into town while the Kidd Bridge remained under water.
He said it was unfortunate the opportunity to redesign the access to Normanby Bridge was not undertaken during the reconstruction work to the overpass when it was damaged by a truck in 2009.
"I'm told that with some modifications to the design they could have improved the flow of traffic significantly." Mr Gibson said.
"The time to have undertaken the work would have been during that major works back then.
The issue of a new Kidd Bridge or a third bridge over the Mary River to provide greater access during times of flood was one that seriously needed consideration, Mr Gibson said.
"The problem is that Labor has had 20 years to do their job of planning and securing funds for this work," he said.
"They have failed.
"This is indicative of Labor's inability to properly plan and deliver for Gympie as well as the rest of the state.
"If LNP forms Government after March 24 and I am re-elected as Member for Gympie then this is something that I will be fighting for."