Palmer Bridge over Freestone Creek is still in need of repair after a vehicle incident in November 2011.
Palmer Bridge over Freestone Creek is still in need of repair after a vehicle incident in November 2011.

Bridge still hazardous

PALMER Bridge at Freestone remains unsafe four months after a vehicle ploughed through the inbound railing.

A council spokeswoman yesterday said repairs were due to start a fortnight ago but were delayed due to rain and minor flooding.

"It is now scheduled for next week, however, due to the rain this week it is unlikely to go ahead at that time as it will likely be too slippery," she said.

"The work requires a cherry picker to be stationed under the bridge so it can't be muddy or slippery, so the job will be done as soon as we have amenable conditions."

She confirmed council still intended to pursue the driver of the vehicle for the cost of repairs, estimated at $15,000.

"We will have a final figure once we have decided which method we will use to repair the bridge, as there are a couple of options."

The incident that caused the damage took place on November 2, when a green Ford Falcon sedan heading towards Warwick crashed through the railing and ploughed into the embankment below.

Warwick Police Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said at the time the 42-year-old male driver from Warwick told police he had swerved to avoid a small dog on the narrow bridge.

The man was hospitalised and was not charged with any driving offence as a result of the crash.

He also returned a negative alcohol breath test.


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