Qld opens alternate route for B-doubles following Debbie


Bailey says the government is prioritising review of alternative freight routes

Qld opens alternate route for B-doubles following Debbie
The Alan Wilkie Bridge is under repair following flood damage.

 

The Queensland government has opened a new alternate route for heavy freight vehicles in the Gold Coast.

It comes after the Department of Transport and Main Roads prioritised a review of alternative routes in areas that experienced the worst of Cyclone Debbie rampage.

With the closure of Alan Wilkie Bridge near Yatala, B-doubles were barred access to the section of Beenleigh-Beaudesert Road from Stanmore Road in Wolffdene.

However, the state government has now fast-tracked an alternate route along the section of Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, north of the Stanmore Road intersection and joining with the currently gazetted route at Logan River Road.

Main roads and road safety minister Mark Bailey says the government has been working "extremely hard" to restore access and ensure efficient movement of freight trucks.

"That's why we prioritised the review of alternative routes for truck drivers who would normally access Beenleigh-Beaudesert Road via the Alan Wilkie Bridge on Stanmore Road," Bailey says.

"This is good news for industry. We'll monitor conditions on the alternate route until the Alan Wilkie Bridge is restored and the previous access can resume."

The government has also switched traffic back to the new southbound lanes on Bruce Highway as part of Stage 2 of the $58 million Cairns Southern Access (CSA) project.

For more information about the approved alternative routes, visit the TMR website.

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