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No clarity on when Redbank Plains overpass will reopen


Transport and Main Roads is still unable to say when Redbank Plains overpass will reopen despite being more than two months after truck carrying an excavator damaged the bridge.

The busy link between Blackstone and Redbank Plains was cut off on March 1, when the heavy vehicle smashed into girders along the Cunningham Highway.

The damage on the eastbound lane means the lane is not able to carry traffic, and detours remain in place for all eastbound vehicles, as well as restrictions for heavy vehicles.

Drivers have to take an inconvenient detour to get to the other side of the highway, which can create traffic delays and add considerable time to their journey.

In a written statement, a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson says work is being done to progress repair designs.

The scope of the repairs is expected to be finalised in coming months, the spokesperson says.

“Then we will be able to estimate timeframes for procuring contractors, undertaking repairs and reopening the bridge to traffic.”

“TMR will continue to liaise with Ipswich City Council on the traffic management for Redbank Plains Road, investigating all available traffic control options during the repair design.”

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