Bruce Highway to close on Monday night

Drivers who would use the Bruce Highway at Gympie on Monday night, have been urged to reconsider, with a stretch of the road to be closed

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) announced the highway would be closed at the Normanby Bridge overpass between 6pm and midnight on Monday for a safety inspection after a truck crashed into the bridge last July.

TMR District Director Hendrik Roux told The Gympie Times Bruce Highway detours would be established via on and off-ramps at the overpass.

“Structural engineers need to further inspect the Normanby overpass after it was struck last year,” Mr Roux said.

“Signs and traffic controllers will be in place to direct motorists during the inspection. This inspection will help us to analyse potential repair options.

“The full structural analysis is expected to be completed mid-year and will provide clearer time frames for repairs and costs.”

The existing 17-tonne load limit and reduced 40km/h speed limit would remain in place across the overpass until it was repaired.

“We appreciate the community’s patience while we work to identify the most suitable repair option,” Mr Roux said.

Motorists could visit RACQ’s Road Conditions website for the latest traffic updates and changes.