Turbines take to the road

The State’s peak motoring body urged north Queensland motorists to prepare for traffic interruptions as dozens of wind-turbine blades were set to be transported through the region.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said motorists should expect to see the blades being hauled by truck from the Port of Townsville to Kennedy Energy Park, about 20km east of Hughenden.

“The first truck load of turbines will leave the port Monday morning impacting traffic and closing roads throughout the day,” Ms Hunter said.

“We’re expecting drivers using Benwell Road, Southern Port Road and the Flinders Highway will see the majority of disruptions.

“These truck movements and related road closures are expected to continue until mid-September, so motorists need to be prepared.”

Ms Hunter said drivers should be aware they may be directed by police to give way to the trucks to allow them to safely pass.

“Queensland Police and pilot vehicles will be on hand escorting the trucks, so it’s important drivers pay attention to the changing conditions,” she said.

“Because of their size, the trucks carrying the turbines will travel at slower speeds, so motorists will need to stay alert, follow the direction of police and remain patient behind the wheel.”

Drivers could check RACQ Road Conditions ahead of time to plan their journey.