Haughton River Bridge – Restrictions and Temporary Closures – 4th to 8th March

Wide load and excess mass vehicles will be unable to cross the Haughton River Bridge this week between 7am and 5pm as necessary repair works are carried out.

Member for Burdekin Rosemary Menkens said these essential works would repair erosion to the riverbed caused by significant flooding during 2011 and 2012.

“Recent wet seasons have eroded the riverbed around a pier on the downstream side of the bridge,” Ms Menkens said.

“This pier is still safe, but we are taking action now in order to maintain this important piece of infrastructure.

“About 30 cubic metres of rock will be placed around this pier, which is a delicate operation in what can be fast-flowing water.

“The rocks being placed will be thoroughly cleaned to ensure that no outside contaminants are introduced into the river environment.”

Mrs Menkens said delays were unavoidable, and undertaking the works at night was not an option.

“Crocodiles have been spotted in these waters and it just wouldn’t be safe to conduct these works at night,” she said.

“We understand that working during peak hours will cause some delays, but the alternative was to extend the amount of days on the job, which would have caused more disruption.

“Motorists crossing the bridge can expect delays of up to 15 minutes from 7am and 5pm, between Monday and Friday. (March 4-8)

“There will be regular bridge closures during the work period, and traffic will be allowed through one lane at a time.

“Wide loads of more than 2.5m and vehicles operating under excess mass guidelines or permits will not be able to get through between 7am and 5pm each day, due to scaffolding and safety barriers, in place at these times.

“These oversize vehicles travelling from the south will be able to wait at Greenacres service station, however there is no similar local option for vehicles travelling from the north, so it is important drivers plan ahead.

“I thank motorists and road users for their patience while these important works take place.”

For further information please contact The Department of Transport and Main Roads on 1800 625 648.

For up-to-date information on traffic disruptions, please phone 131940 or visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.

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