The Bruce Highway has re-opened either side of Townsville, ensuring North Queensland residents have access to supplies.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities opened access for heavy vehicles overnight before re-opening the Bruce Highway to all traffic north and south of Townsville at 10.30am Tuesday 5 February.
“All traffic is now moving freely both north and south, which will certainly be welcome news for these communities,” the Premier said.
“Overnight, trucks were permitted to travel safely north from Mackay across the Haughton River Bridge to allow for essential resupply efforts into Townsville and up to Cairns.
“With our major coastal highway now open again, I urge everyone to take care on the roads and drive to the conditions.
“There are a lot of trucks heading north with supplies to support flood-affected communities, so stay safe on the roads.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said while the Bruce Highway had opened, flood waters continued to cut off other major roads.
“The Finders Highway is expected to be cut for some days with the Macrossan Bridge over the Burdekin River under water,” Mr Bailey said.
“We have also recorded multiple landslips on Hervey Range Road, between Townsville and Charters Towers, as well as a major landslip on Paluma Range.
“Inland supply routes from Mount Isa to the coast are still closed.
“When the water recedes, roads and bridges will be inspected as soon as possible to ensure they are safe before reopening.
“Authorities will continue to work with rural communities across the north-west of the state to monitor fuel and food supplies.”
Residents in flood-affected areas are being urged to avoid unnecessary travel and stay out of flood waters, particularly, around the Townsville area, due to the unprecedented flood levels and ongoing wet weather.
Work is underway, where safe to do so, to assess roads for damage and clear debris. For key road closures and to keep up-to-date with conditions, visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.