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Busy Burdekin River Bridge closed tonight for repairs

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Good news and bad for Queensland truckies planning to cross the Burdekin River Bridge between Home Hill and Ayr over the next couple of days.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads warns of lengthy delays later today as it closes the Bruce Highway crossing for the removal and replacement of one of the sloping cord braces.

But the TMR is pleased to report that the three-hour closure previously planned for Tuesday is now no longer required.

Truckies have until 7pm today to cross without delays. Anyone arriving after that will have to sit in a queue until 11.30pm when there will be a one-hour window to cross during a workers’ shift change.

The bridge will then remain closed while the works continue until 6am tomorrow.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and make alternative plans while the Bruce Highway is shut.

Queensland Police and traffic controllers will be on-site while works are underway and to ensure priority access through the work zone for emergency services only (non-emergency service vehicles will not be permitted to travel through the work zone for any reason).

Pending the outcomes of the trial, TMR will provide further notice of future repair works to the remaining 39 sloping cord braces.

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