Local driver sounds warning for truckies using Toowoomba Bypass detour


Toowoomba-based ex-truckie Glen Miller has a timely reminder for drivers forced to  detour through the city while a section of the eastbound bypass lanes is closed for repair work.

Don’t whatever you do, follow the GPS and turn east off Mort Street on to North Street, warns Miller, who has many years under his belt driving multi-combinations.

“They had no signs up and guys were following the GPS and getting into all sorts of trouble,” said Miller.

“There is a low 3.5m rail overpass with a 45 plus degree plus incline as you come out from under it.

“You also can not turn around, or turn off to avoid it, once on North Street. I’ve had to call the cops twice to do traffic so they can get out of the situation.”

Miller said the answer is to go up one more intersection to Jellicoe Street and turn east with no overpasses to contend with.

“I have personally seen two road train tautliners get stuck as they could not go under and a grain hauler road train lightly kiss the underside as they went through.”

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) announced last week the eastbound lanes of the bypass between the Warrego West interchange at Charlton and the Warrego East interchange at Helidon Spa, will be closed to through traffic for at least a week.

The call was made as a “safety precaution” due to movements detected in a cutting east of the New England Highway.

The eastbound lanes between Boundary Street interchange and the Mort Street interchange will remain open.

Big Rigs as asked TMR today for a further update on the length of the closures.

The only industry update since the initial notice is the below information which was released on Friday:

Approved eastbound route through Toowoomba

Warrego Highway, Troys Road, Carrington Road, Taylor Street, Tor Street, James Street, Toowoomba Connection Road, Warrego Highway. Please see map below.

Detour and restrictions

Vehicles between 3.5m – 6.2m wide and no higher than 5.4m 

  • Only permitted to travel through Toowoomba between 9pm-5am
  • No permit amendment required.

Vehicles between 6.21m – 7.9m wide and no higher than 5.4m

  • Only permitted to travel through Toowoomba between 11pm-3am
  • Must submit a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for the alternate route only. TMR approval is required prior to travel.
  • TMP must identify pinch points and wrong side of road travel on the approved alternate route.

Vehicles 7.9m wide and above

  • Only permitted to travel through Toowoomba between 11pm-3am
  • Must identify an alternate route.
  • Submit a permit application, with a completed TMP through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

The westbound lanes remain unrestricted for all oversize vehicles.

TMR reminds operators that it is your responsibility to make sure you’re using up-to-date information when you assess the suitability of your route.

“You must check the Conditions of Operation Database before you start your journey,” said the latest update.

Visit the QLDTraffic website, download the app or call 13 19 40 to report an incident or get real-time traffic reports.

UPDATE – 4.25pm, November 8

The closure of the Toowoomba Bypass eastbound lanes will remain in place for at least another week, says a TMR spokesperson.

“We have extended the closure as a safety precaution due to ongoing investigations in a cutting east of the New England Highway,” they said in a written statement.

“Nexus is continuing to monitor the movement and working on options to safely open the road.

“The heavy vehicle industry is being kept up to date about traffic impacts and changes.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this closure has caused, however due to the unprecedented rainfall in the area, we need to ensure the safety of all road users.”

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