OSOM restrictions on Stuart Highway

As a result of recent flooding, changes will be put in place for part of the Stuart Highway from next week while repair work is undertaken, including temporary restrictions on OSOM vehicles.

The SA Road Transport Association (SARTA) shared it was advised of the impacts by the Department of Transport and Infrastructure (DIT) yesterday afternoon. This follows heavy rain across the Eyre Peninsula and north of the state, which caused extensive damage to parts of SA’s road network.

“As a result, The Department of Transport and Infrastructure have commenced work to reconstruct damaged sections of the Stuart Highway approximately 60km south of Pimba at Woocalla Creek, and are expected to complete these works in late July, weather permitting,” it said.

“From 12pm Monday, 30 May until 4pm Friday, 10 June 2022, weather permitting, this section of the road will be reduced to a single lane of traffic with temporary traffic lights in place to control the direction of traffic with the speed restrictions remaining in place. Speed restrictions will remain in place.

“These works will impact OSOM vehicles – vehicles wider than 4.6m wide will not be able to access this part of the highway during this time. These vehicles will be required to use alternate routes.”

Permit holders for the above category were notified about the impacts on May 13.

DIT recently advised that concrete barriers were also put in place along this section of the highway, where flooding has eroded the roadside creating a three metre drop off.

Signs have been put in place about the wide load restrictions and ongoing repair work.

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