Industry hit with wet weather restrictions

Trucking operators in flood-affected Queensland still hit with travel restrictions, as heavy rain cuts off routes

March 8, 2010

Trucking operators in flood-affected areas in Queensland are still being hit with travel restrictions, as heavy rain cuts off routes and damages the road network.

The Department of Main Roads and Transport is continuing to impose five-tonne load limits in south-west of the state on the Warrego Highway from Miles to Morven and from Injune to Roma on the Carnarvon Highway.

The department’s Acting Chief Operations Officer, Eddie Peters, says there is extensive pavement damage on the Warrego Highway from Miles all the way to Charleville, while the Carnarvon Highway from Roma to Surat is inaccessible due to flooding.

"Only heavy vehicles carrying essential goods are currently allowed on key highways in the south-west under permit," Peters says.

"The five-tonne load limit will be enforced and the department thanks transport operators for their co-operation."

Peters says the department is mindful of the need to keep freight moving, but it needs to be balanced with road safety.

Roma and Charleville have been declared disaster zones and Peters says widespread rain and flooding have had a big impact on transport infrastructure in areas such as St George, Bollon, Cunnamulla and Thargomindah.

"The safety of all transport users is my department’s number on priority. In consultation with freight operators we need to ensure our transport infrastructure is safe before full access can be restored," he says.

But in a sign the worse may be over, Peters says flood waters are subsiding and extra crews are being brought in to repair the damage caused by the inclement weather.

Freight movements last week were also restricted for vehicles travelling to the mining region of Mt Isa

Vehicles of more than five tonnes were also barred from using the Warrego Highway from Mitchell to Morven, Mitchell to Roma and Miles to Roma.

Queensland was hit by wild weather all last week, with the Bureau of Meteorology expecting it to end on March 7.

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