Second crash and run at dam bridge

The road has been closed off again at Emerald’s Fairbairn Dam, where a driver crashed through at the weekend.
The road has been closed off again at Emerald’s Fairbairn Dam, where a driver crashed through at the weekend.

ANOTHER driver has blatantly disregarded the road laws and crashed through road closed signs at the Fairbairn Dam - the second in the past month, according to the facility's management, SunWater.

The road was closed in June after concerns the structural integrity of the bridge, which spans the length of the dam spillway, could be compromised due to heavy vehicles exceeding the 18-tonne gross load limit.

About 10am on Saturday morning, Emerald police received a report that signs and yellow flashing lights indicating the road closure at the Gregory Hwy end had been damaged.

A police spokesman said it appeared the vehicle had continued on over the bridge after crashing through the barrier.

A SunWater spokeswoman said the company had repaired damage to the safety signage and barriers at its own cost and referred the matter to police, who were continuing with their investigations into the incident.

The spokeswoman said the Fairbairn Dam spillway bridge would remain closed until further notice while a comprehensive traffic management plan was assessed.

The closure comes in the wake of numerous sightings of trucks exceeding the load limit on the bridge, after heavy traffic in the Emerald CBD led drivers to take alternative routes around Emerald to bypass the congestion.

It is expected the bridge will be reduced to a 10-tonne gross limit once the SunWater assessment is complete.

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