Swanbank Rd overpass to undergo minor repairs

A BRIDGE that was smashed by an oversize truck will be repaired - hopefully with minimal disruptions to Ipswich motorists.

A truck carrying a 40-tonne excavator struck the Swanbank Rd overpass on the Cunningham Highway at Raceview about 10.30am Wednesday, causing chunks of concrete and steel to fall onto the road below.

For some reason, the truck driver continued on his route, until Warwick police intercepted the rig at the eight mile intersection, just outside the southern Darling Downs hub.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said structural engineers finished inspecting the bridge Thursday morning and came to the conclusion that the damage was minor.

"In coming days, we will complete design work and schedule repairs to the underside of the bridge," she said.

"Lane closures will remain in place until repairs are complete.

"The damage to the bridge poses no safety risk to road users."

Police confirmed the driver was facing a few thousand dollars in fines and possible further investigations in relation to the incident.

It is understood the truck was loaded above the permitted height.

Main Roads has asked motorists to note changed conditions and reduced speed limit and take extra care around road workers.

For up-to-date information on road closures and traffic conditions visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.
 



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