Road Conditions-FNQ-Kuranda-Barron River Bridge-restricted to single lane at 42.5t

The Barron River bridge (Kuranda) is now further restricted to single-lane operation at 42.5t load limit for all heavy vehicle combinations. 

As a precaution, a single-lane operation of the bridge will remain in place to ensure safety for the crew and road users. Inspections are continuing and our technical experts are assessing what the issue means for the bridge and how it can be managed.

At this stage, the Barron River bridge is load limited to 42.5 tonnes (regardless of vehicle combination type). Strain gauges and other devices are in place to monitor the structure closely. 

Further changes to the bridge operations may be required, pending the outcomes of the inspections.

TMR have installed variable message signs (VMS) to inform motorists about changed traffic conditions and this may add delays to travel. The department urges operators to plan your journey ahead or seek an alternative route.  

Post inspections and assessments, an updated bulletin will be shared with the heavy vehicle industry. 

The planning study for a long-term solution for the Barron River bridge is progressing and expected to be completed in late 2024.

For current issued permits and permit applications in assessment, the Department will review and reassess internally, and the outcome may be subject to change.

We are continuously monitoring, assessing and reviewing our roads, bridges and culverts across Queensland. Conditions can change quickly, particularly due to weather. Restrictions are implemented to maintain ongoing safety for all road users.

It is your responsibility to make sure you're using up-to-date information when you assess the suitability of your route.

You must check the Conditions of Operation Database before you start your journey.