Moonie Highway open with weight restrictions lifted


The Moonie Highway is once again open to traffic but many other roads in north-western Queensland still suffer from flooding

By Samantha Freestone | March 15, 2010

The Moonie Highway is once again open to traffic but many other roads in north-western Queensland still suffer from flooding, the Department of Transport say.

The five-tonne restriction placed on the Moonie Highway has been lifted but drivers are asked to check the Permit Management System Condition Database (PMSCD) for up-to-date information.

Regional Director for Transport and Main Roads South West Queensland Peter Evans confirms the news adding the highway is in the best condition of all those affected by the flooding that ravaged the area over the past fortnight.

"We are getting the impression it is one of the better roads and is in generally very good condition," Evans says.

But many other roads are still closed in the north-west region.

"In general Carnarvon Highway—south of St George—still has wash-outs across it.

"Mitchell-St George is still under severe inundation. We are getting that assessed this week to see how quickly it can be opened," he says.

The good news, Evans says, is the Warrego Highway "is open all the way to Charleville" and the Landsbrough Highway is "open from Morven north".

"The key message in this is to check the Transport and Main roads website which is www.131940.qld.gov.au. Check that because we are updating that in real time in what is a quickly- changing situation," Evans says.

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