The eagerly-awaited reopening of the Helen’s Hill heavy vehicle rest area on the Bruce Highway has been delayed until next month.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads told Big Rigs it had hoped to have the revamped site up and running by the end of March.
But a notice from the heavy vehicles unit today said that due to delays in the supply of critical materials, the rest area is now expected to reopen on Thursday, April 14, weather permitting.
Helen’s Hill heavy vehicle rest area is located about 17km south of Ingham.
Alternative vehicle rest areas are located at:
- Christmas Creek heavy vehicle rest area, about 47km north of Townsville.
- Rollingstone inspection and weigh pad site, about 65km north of Townsville.
Works on the Helen’s Hill heavy vehicle rest area are being undertaken to upgrade the entrance and exit points, and parking areas.
“These works will improve road safety for heavy vehicles accessing the rest area and for motorists travelling along this section of the Bruce Highway,” said the TMR.
The Helen’s Hill rest area was closed from November 11 to December 3 last year to set up the site and start works, however wet weather caused some delays.
It was re-opened for the busy Christmas and New Year period and closed once again on January 13.