30 minute delays and counting on Bruce Hwy for Easter exodus
UPDATE 11am: CONGESTION woes have already started on the Bruce Highway as holiday makers make their long route home from the Easter break.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads report traffic problems on the Bruce in multiple locations.
Congestion has built up between Tanawha and Bells Creek and on the intersection to Sunshine Motorway at Sippy Downs.
Further south there are delays from Elimbah to Caboolture with all lanes affected.
The current travel time from Maroochydore to north Brisbane is 30 minutes more than normal.
INITIAL: THE Sunshine Coast is expected to be hit hard as holiday makers embark on the long road trip home on the Bruce Highway today.
It's the last day of the Easter long weekend, and each year the traffic battle queues up like clockwork.
Data obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads revealed the time slots the major arterial roads around across the southeast would be at their busiest today.
RACQ head of public policy Rebecca Michael advised drivers to make an early getaway and miss the afternoon rush.
"In recent years we've seen roads like the Bruce Highway north to the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Motorway south to the Gold Coast build up from as early as 10am Thursday," Dr Michael said.
"The trip back to Brisbane on Monday is also likely to be congested, with the busiest period between 11am and 2.30pm.
"If you're on the road then you could see your travel time tripled, so it's wise to plan your journey outside these hours for a smoother run home."
At 9am, the expected travel time from north Brisbane to Maroochydore was an hour - but that smooth run will not last long.
The RACQ reminded drivers of the importance of being well-rested before getting behind the wheel.
"With the journey expected to take longer than usual, make sure you plan ahead and factor in the added time and ensure you are rested enough for the trip..
"Drivers should be taking a break every two hours, and if possible switching drivers.
"Fatigue is a serious killer and Easter is a very high-risk time for these types of crashes.
"If you're unsure about when to leave, always consult RACQ's Road Conditions website before you hit the road for the latest traffic information."