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Cyclone Debbie: Central Qld highways reopen

Bailey says Rockhampton transport ‘back to business as usual’


All major roads and highways near Rockhampton have reopened after being shut off due to flooding in the region last week.

Torrential rain caused Fitzroy River to overflow, submerging many roads in the region as Cyclone Debbie hit central Queensland.

However, with flood water receding over the weekend, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has signalled reopening of major north-south and east-west highway connections, including Bruce and Capricorn highways.

State main roads and road safety minister Mark Bailey says the roadworks crew worked hard to restore the major links at Rockhampton as weather conditions improved in the region.

“From now, all traffic will revert back to these major highways at Rockhampton as we get back to business as usual,” Bailey says.

The minister says TMR will access the results of the Yeppen FloodPlain traffic diversion plan, which was implemented for the first time since its inception.

“This is the first time the Yeppen South and Yeppen North bridges were truly tested since being funded by Federal and State Labor governments,” he says.

“We achieved the greatest outcome in keeping Queensland and the local community of Rockhampton connected.

“I would sincerely like to thank Transport and Main Roads staff, Queensland Police Service, Rockhampton Regional Council and the Rockhampton community for their ongoing support and patience with the traffic detours in Rockhampton.”

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