Load limit placed on bridge
A TEMPORARY load limit placed on Little Widgee Creek Bridge means trucks weighing more than 16 tonnes will have to take the long way to get into town.
Department of Transport and Main Roads Gympie District Director Lawry O’Brien said the temporary 16-tonne load limit followed an inspection of the bridge which identified the need for rehabilitation work.
The limit has been set at 16 tonnes so that school busses are still able to cross the bridge on Gympie-Woolooga Road.
Mr O’Brien said for safety reasons vehicles weighing more than 16 tonnes would not be able to cross the bridge, about 22 kilometres from Gympie, until future works were completed.
Vehicles weighing more than 16 tonnes will now need to use an alternative route via the Wide Bay Highway.
“Further inspections of the bridge will determine the full extent of any future works, when the works will be completed and how long the works will take. If you’re planning to drive a truck weighing more than 16 tonnes on Gympie–Woolooga Road please factor in some extra time for the trip,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Until then, it is important to ensure the safety of all road users. Many of the state’s timber bridges were built about 60 years ago and were not designed to handle modern load weights and volumes. The department is committed to a safe road network and the 16-tonne load limit at this bridge will be an interim measure to ensure safety until further work is completed.”
Variable Message Signs (VMS) are in place at each end of the Gympie–Woolooga Road advising motorists of the temporary load limit.
“I thank the public in advance for their patience and co-operation,” Mr O’Brien said.