Lionel Mears points the algae growing on the Linkes Crossing causeway, which is slippery and dangerous for motorists.Photo Cameron McCrohon/ Central Telegraph Cameron McCrohon’ Someone might be eliminated’: CQ motorcyclist’s crossing worries LIONEL Mears is worried somebody might be eliminated at the recently updated Linkes Crossing.Mr Mears lost control of his Victory motorbike at 5.30 pm on March 5 on the slippery moss that has accumulated on the brand-new low concrete crossing.While he suffered just small injuries and his bike shallow damage, he stated he was lucky not to be seriously harmed at the crossing on the outskirts of Biloela.
“While I was trying to lift my bike from the water, on the slippery surface area, I was really fearful that a vehicle or truck would come flying down into the crossing and strike me.
“I couldn’t even lift my bike without the assistance of another motorist due to the fact that of the slippery surface under foot.
“To cross this causeway on a bike is scary at the finest of times, with all the traffic from the mine and power station using this unsafe crossing – some of them follow the 40kph speed restriction, others don’t.
“Even if the lorries are travelling at the recommended speed I get showered in water on my bike by the passing traffic.
“I need to wait at the top of the crossing to ensure there are no other cars coming in the opposite direction before trying to cross as well as then I can just travel at about 10kph in order to maintain control of my bike.
“I never had that issue with the crossing that existed before and this new one is expected to be an upgrade, an improvement on the one that was damaged throughout the flood.
“There is constantly water running over the lower crossing and as a result a big quantity of slippery moss and algae has grown over the concrete.
“It is incredibly dangerous and Council ought to have a severe rethink about how they are going to solve the problem prior to it is far too late.”
Banana Shire Director Infrastructure Services, Frank Nastasi said the crossing had actually become slippery as an outcome of an algae develop induced by the current damp weather condition.
“Council has actually brushed the crossing clean and will continue to do so if the algae returns,” Mr Nastasi said.Mr Nastasi stated Council were in the process of obtaining approval to install pipes under the crossing to improve drainage over the crossing.