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REVEALED: What sparked the Coast's Bruce Hwy gridlock

Traffic is at a standstill on the Bruce Highway.
Traffic is at a standstill on the Bruce Highway. Rhianna Bull

UPDATE 11.15AM: The Department of Transport and Main Roads have confirmed late finishing roadworks as the cause of this morning's gridlock on the Bruce Highway. 

Standstill traffic and delays of over an hour infuriated southbound motorists on the Bruce Highway this morning.

A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said a machinery fault was the cause for the delay.

Do you think it there should be a mandatory cut-off time for contractors to stop night roadworks to prevent traffic delays?

This poll ended on 29 August 2017.

Current Results

Yes. These roadworks are at night for a reason - to reduce delays.

74%

No, it is more important to get the job done.

10%

Doesn't months of planning and OHS dictate this anyway?

14%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"We are currently resurfacing two kilometres of the Bruce Highway between King John Creek and Bribie Island Road interchange to provide an improved road surface for smoother driving conditions for motorists," she said.

"The project involves the removal of the existing road surface, isolated pavement repairs, complete asphalt resurfacing and line marking.

"During last night's works, our contractor experienced a machinery failure that put them behind schedule.

"All machinery was removed from the road by 6.10am.

"All signage was removed and normal traffic conditions resumed just after 7am.

"We apologise for the inconvenience to motorists and are working with our contractor to ensure no further delays."

EARLIER, 7AM: Major delays are affecting the Bruce Highway, with night roadworks reportedly the cause for significant delays.

Unconfirmed reports are blaming "overnight roadworks that didn't get finished and off the road before 5am."

Major delays on the Bruce Highway.
Major delays on the Bruce Highway.

Southbound lanes from the Beerburrum Forest to Caboolture are currently at a standstill, costing commuters an hour instead of the typical 12 minute trip.

Transport and Main Roads have been approached for comment.

Topics:  bruce highway bruce hwy delays roadworks traffic transport and main roads



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