Roads reopen for trucks in Rockhampton

Bruce Highway at Rockhampton in Queensland will reopen to southbound trucks

January 14, 2011

The southbound stretch of the Bruce Highway at Rockhampton will reopen today to allow trucks through, as floodwaters in Queensland begin to recede.

The highway will reopen from 4pm today, but police are reminding general motorists that they will not be permitted access.

The road is continually being assessed and Queensland Police has told motorists to delay non-essential driving due to lengthy delays.

Officers are also warning motorists to avoid flooded routes.

"Do not risk your life, the lives of those in your vehicle and the lives of rescuers. Nothing is so important that you need to enter floodwaters," a statement from Queensland Police says.

"If you are travelling you need to ensure that you have contingencies in place in case you become stranded at the side of the road. Ensure you have sufficient food, water, medications and other supplies sufficient for those in your vehicle."

Queensland Police says road closures are constantly changing as water levels rise and fall quickly.

"Members of the public need to constantly check for updates and obey road closure signs," the statement says.

Motorists seeking information on flood-affected roads can visit the Bureau of Meteorology website and the Queensland Government’s traffic and travel website. The RACQ also has a list of road closures.

Motorists can call the Queensland Government information line on 13 19 40 or the RACQ on 1300 130 595.

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