Cairns truckies warn budget shortfall will cause havoc
THE early morning bait run is galling enough without having to contend with avoidable traffic bottlenecks on a newly upgraded road.
Tweed Bait North Queensland manager Matt Robinson is based in Cairns three days a week, driving bait up to Mareeba and Mossman.
The prospect of the Smithfield bypass falling about 200m short due to budgeting issues did not strike him as an acceptable outcome.
"It already backs up. I don't understand why they don't just put a little overpass on it," he said. "We go outside the biggest traffic hours so we can avoid the really big road blockages, but it still backs up.