Travel on all toll roads is now free to assist drivers in the clean-up efforts who are navigating road closures around Brisbane.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the toll suspension came into effect on the tunnel from 8am today and will run until midnight on Sunday, March 6.
The toll suspension extends to the Gateway and Logan motorways, AirportLink tunnel and Toowoomba Bypass, as well as the Legacy way, Clem 7 and the Go Between Bridge.
“Flooding has seen a number of key roads across Brisbane closed, which means toll roads were heavily relied on for essential movements over the past few days,” Bailey said.
“This toll suspension will help people get to where they need to be, without the burden of a toll fee at this difficult time.
“The toll road system provides drivers with connection to areas, which are currently cut off from other access due to flood damage.”
Big Rigs also understands that if truckies were forced to use a toll road due to closures, as has been the case on the Logan Motorway, they should approach Transurban about having the tolls waived.
The state government and the Brisbane City Council are footing the bill for the toll suspension.
Bailey urged drivers to reconsider any non-essential travel at this time, due to heavy traffic volumes.
“We are seeing more cars on the road as the rain clears and people get back out there, but I ask everyone to reconsider your travel if you do not need to be out and about,” he said.
“Public transport is operating at a reduced capacity, so if you do need to travel please plan ahead and expect some delays on our roads.
“As always – if it’s flooded, forget it.”
As the floodwaters go down, Transport and Main Roads will inspect bridges and culverts to ensure roads can be opened as quickly and safely as possible.
For up-to-date road closures or to plan your journey, visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or the Qld Traffic app.