Emergency works cause traffic headaches across the south east

RACQ has warned commuters to expect delays in the CBD for at least the rest of the week, as emergency works got underway to fix an underground cable at a major inner city intersection.

The Courier Mail reported the emergency works caused significant traffic delays from Fortitude Valley to Hawthorne and Woolloongabba on Wednesday morning, with police forced to close off one exit of the Story Bridge.


Club spokesperson Clare Hunter said the works were being done on James Street, near the intersection with Ann Street.


“Reports suggest if this problem isn’t fixed immediately, it could take months, so we’re asking drivers to be patient,” Ms Hunter said.


“Police have had to close the turn-off from the Story Bridge to McLachlan Street and Ann Street is down to two lanes between Brookes and East Streets. It’s caused delays as far back as Hawthorne and Woolloongabba.”


Ms Hunter said it could also take up to two days to repair a major sinkhole that opened up just after 6am on Wednesday morning, at the busy intersection behind Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast.


“The intersection of Sunshine Boulevard and Hooker Boulevard has been closed to all traffic, which means vehicles are being diverted through the shopping centre carpark,” she said.


“Police are on scene managing traffic, but please avoid the area if you can, especially during peak periods over the next couple of days.”