The busy Linkfield Road overpass at Bald Hills in Brisbane is temporarily closed to all vehicles, following a high load striking the overpass, reports the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
Queensland Police have also advised drivers that it will be closed for some time as they move the truck from the area.
Paramedics were also on scene but no injuries have been reported.
TMR said it will update the industry with further information and the expected timing to carry out the repair works as details come to hand.“TMR apologises for the inconvenience and delays experienced, however safety is our number one priority,” said the heavy vehicles unit in a statement to industry.
The Courier Mail reports that southbound traffic was backed up as far as the merge with the Bruce Highway by 8.30am, with alternative routes also becoming gridlocked as motorists sought to avoid the area.
By 9.40am traffic had eased slightly, with queues back to Strathpine Road.
Hoyland Street and Strathpine Road in Bald Hills were both severely impacted by the closure of Linkfield Road, as was Beams Road in Carseldine.
TMR reminded operators to check the conditions of operation database before starting their journey.
There are plans for an upgrade of the overpass that will increase the bridge height.
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to build a $125m upgrade opened at the end of 2022 as part of a two-stage tender process.
This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government with $100 million and Queensland Government $25 million.