Drivers asked to stay off damaged Old Tannum Rd
MOTORISTS have been asked to avoid using Old Tannum Road until repairs can be done.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the council would liaise with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to seek authorisation to fast-track work on the road, but in the meantime she urged residents to use Boyne Island Rd via South Trees, which was re-opened to traffic on Monday as flood waters receded.
"The Old Tannum Road has carried significant traffic during the closure of the Boyne Island Rd due to flooding and is now in need of major repairs," Cr Sellers said.
"I ask that motorists to please use the alternative route if possible as the condition of Old Tannum Rd will continue to deteriorate rapidly with continued use."
Motorists planning to travel south from Gladstone are advised the Bruce Hwy remains closed at Granite Creek, about 35km south of Miriam Vale, and also at Gin Gin.
Cr Sellers said it was likely the closures would remain in effect until Tuesday night at least as a result of flooding caused by about one metre of rainfall that fell in the region between Thursday and Sunday.
"I urge people to avoid travelling south of Miriam Vale until we receive notification that the these closures are removed," Cr Sellers said.
"Signage is now in place at Mt Larcom and Benaraby advising motorists that the road to Miriam Vale is only open to local traffic only."
The Mayor said the Dawson Hwy between Calliope and Biloela was now open but motorists should take care and observe signage in respect to roads in need of repair from damage caused by the flooding.
The Bruce Hwy north to Rockhampton was open at 8.45pm Tuesday night but the Fitzroy River was expected to rise further this week when upstream flood waters arrive.
For flood warnings on the Fitzroy River, check the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au
To find out more road condition reports in the Gladstone region, visit Gladstone Regional Council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au and follow the link from the home page.