DELAYS: Motorists urged to leave early as traffic backs up
MOTORISTS travelling from Gracemere to Rockhampton this morning are urged to leave early if they want to make it to work on time.
The Morning Bulletin's Deputy Editor Adam Wratten is one of many motorists making the commute into town and he is warning of major delays on Gavial-Gracemere Rd.
"On Gavial Gracemere Rd we moved about 200m in five minutes; I could jog faster," Adam said.
"Traffic was really backed up. It was backed up for at least 1km in front of me on Gavial-Gracemere Rd."
Police are currently responding to the intersection of Gavial Gracemere Rd and the Burnett Hwy to help ease the situation.
The delays are due to the closure of the Capricorn Hwy and the diversion of traffic through Gracemere and finally onto the new Yeppen bridges.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads last night enacted the Yeppen Bridges Traffic Management Plan as the lower section of the Bruce Hwy was closed due to flooding as well as the Capricorn Hwy.
The traffic plan sees all traffic travelling west and from Gracemere diverted down Gavial Gracemere Rd onto the Burnett Hwy and then onto the new Yeppen bridges at the Bruce Hwy with traffic reduced to one lane each way.
Adam said once he reached the Burnett Hwy, traffic began to flow quite quickly again and the rest of the trip into Rockhampton was fine.
Adding to the traffic chaos was a cow which had slipped through fencing and started walking amongst vehicles on the roadway.
Once motorists reach Rockhampton, all traffic is being diverted up Upper Dawson Rd due to the closure of some parts of Lower Dawson Rd, and then down Derby St back to the Bruce Hwy.