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Rain causes havoc at new bridge site

Geoff Helisma | New road work connected to the construction of the new Romiaka bridge at Palmers Island was heavily impacted by rain. It was particularly chaotic over the weekend, with drivers steering their cars around extensive potholes. Clarence Valley Council’s bridges engineer, Adele McGeary, said persistent rain had caused some problems for the contractors. She said the contractors were working on the new bridge approaches and, as part of that process, had to remove the bitumen seal from the existing approach to tie in with the new bridge approach. “The rain has allowed potholes to develop,” she said. “The contractors have been making ongoing repairs and will keep doing that as the need arises. “When the weather clears they will be able to complete construction of the tie in pavement and apply a seal, which should resolve the problem.”