Flinders Highway reopened to traffic

The Flinders Highway from Richmond to Julia Creek in Queensland’s north-west has reopened to traffic after record rain and flooding.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the reopening of the Flinders Highway followed the fast-tracking of critical repairs.

“I visited the North-west to witness the impact of record, severe flooding on the region’s road network and saw entire sections of highway had been washed away,” Mr Bailey said.

“The Palaszczuk Government has moved quickly to fast-track essential repairs to reopen the Flinders Highway as soon as possible because we understand its importance to communities and local jobs.

“I want to thank the road work teams who have worked hard in hot and challenging conditions to get the Flinders Highway back on line.”

Mr Bailey said although the 150 kilometre section of the highway between Julia Creek and Richmond was now open, repairs would be ongoing.

“Reopening the Flinders Highway is an important step in the region’s recovery,” he said.

“The severity of the damage to the highway means there’s still more work to be done.

“Road works are continuing with speed restrictions and traffic control measures in place.

“Motorists using the Flinders Highway should drive to the road conditions and allow extra time for unavoidable delays.”

For the latest road updates visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au, call 13 19 40, or use the free QldTraffic smart phone app.

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