One lane of the Cunningham Highway in the Claytons Gully area below the Gap will be open.
One lane of the Cunningham Highway in the Claytons Gully area below the Gap will be open. Steve Turner

A quick fix to open the Gap

CUNNINGHAM’S Gap is open to traffic this morning after temporary repairs were carried out by Main Roads on a section of road which cracked and slipped on Monday night.

One lane in the Claytons Gully area on the Brisbane side of the Gap will be operating under “stop and go” conditions and was due to have been opened at 5am.

As reported yesterday, two lanes of the four-lane section of the highway have been closed since December 13 due to cracking caused by erosion in Claytons Gully under the road.

But Main Roads made the call to shut the highway early Tuesday morning after new cracks caused by Monday’s heavy rain appeared in the inside lane, which had been open to traffic.

Main Roads said on Tuesday they were hopeful the lane would be re-opened by tomorrow after crews were urgently mobilised.

Work on the other still-closed lanes at Claytons Gully will continue in coming weeks, as will further cleaning up of the separate landslide blasting area closer to the top of the Gap.

The Gatton-Clifton Road, used as an alternative route to Brisbane, remains closed today due to water over the Kings Creek Bridge and numerous rockslides and fallen trees.

Closer to home, the Warwick-Allora Road is also closed, due to culvert instability between the Deuchar Church at the Massie aerodrome, while Freestone Road is closed at the Palmer Bridge after bridge supports were weakened by floodwaters.

The New England Highway from Warwick to Toowoomba is open, with one lane operating at Backwater Creek Bridge just north of the Eight Mile.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman urged motorists to “travel with caution and patience”.


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