Bridge hazard on radar

THE Theresa Creek bridge linking the Gemfields with Capella has come in for criticism as a tourist and truck trap.

Councillor Penny Bulger described it as being in a “state of disrepair” from wear and tear and heavy vehicle usage.

“Empty trucks coming back (to the Gemfields) are having trouble climbing out of Theresa Creek,” Central Highlands civil operations head Bill Turner agreed.

“As a result of that, this is one of the concerns of Queensland Transport because these guys are travelling in convoy.”

Cr Bulger said equally dangerous were tourists attempting to pull caravans up the bridge incline.

“Visitors are going to have more trouble towing vans out of the creek,” she said.

Mr Turner said the bridge’s condition had been bought to the attention of regulatory authorities.

“Queensland Transport is well aware of this and has indicated it is giving it some priority,” he said.

In five days, 118 tourists and Gemfields residents signed a petition calling for the speed limit to be reduced to 40kmh on the Sapphire-Rubyvale-Capella Rd citing road safety concerns.

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