Severe weather postpones work on Queensland freight routes

Forecasted severe weather has forced the Department of Transport and Main Roads to postpone work on two key freight routes in Queensland this month.

Resurfacing works on the Macrossan Bridge, 22km east of Charters Towers, originally scheduled during May have been shelved until further notice.

The bridge will be open as per normal conditions. Further advice will be provided when the works have been rescheduled, said TMR.

Due to the severe weather forecast, pavement and guardrail works scheduled to commence on Monday, May 9 on the Peak Downs Highway have also been postponed.

From 6pm to 6am, Monday, May 23 to Friday, June 17 inclusive (weather permitting), a temporary night time width restriction will be in place between Cherwell Creek and Nine Mile Creek bridges on the Peak Downs Highway.

The restriction is in place to allow pavement and guardrail works to progress at the approaches to narrow bridges.

Vehicles exceeding 2.5 metres width are not permitted through the site during these times.

TMR asks operators to seek an alternative route, or reschedule your trip.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for parts of central and north-west Queensland.
Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for parts of the region from Tuesday morning, affecting areas including Longreach, Winton, Cloncurry, Isisford, Barcaldine, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek and Blackall.

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