Eyre Highway reopens following fire closures


Police forces and road authorities warn of crowded Eyre Hwy after fires

Eyre Highway reopens following fire closures
An SA Police image of trucks awaiting the highway’s reopening

 

The Eyre Highway and the border between South Australia and Western Australia have been reopened, the SA police force (Sapol) says.

The highway was closed since the start of the month due to catastrophic fire conditions and damage to the road surface in Western Australia, with the traffic stopped at the border with South Australia.

"Drivers are advised that the highway will be very busy over the next few days while that backlog of traffic clears and services along the highway, particularly near the border, will need time to restock.  You may wish to delay travel to the area if possible," Sapol says.

Police will be paying attention to traffic along the highway and urge drivers to resist the temptation to "try to make up for lost time".

Drivers are encouraged to stop and take rest breaks every two hours.

Main Roads WA describes the route in both directions between Norseman townsite and Caiguna as ’open with caution’ "due to impact of fire and smoke over road".

 "Some speed restrictions are in place and it is anticipated a large number of vehicles could be on the roads, so motorists are urged to drive with care and ensure they have adequate fuel, food and water," the department says.

The same holds for the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway and the Goldfields Highway. 

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