Rock fall causes highway delays

Monday 19 March 2012

Rock fall causes highway delays

Drivers are being urged to be patient on the Captain Cook Highway with one lane blocked following a land slip yesterday afternoon.

Cairns Police say heavy rain caused a large boulder the size of a small car to fall onto the northbound lane of the highway, just north of the Rex Lookout, at around 3pm.

No-one was hurt in the landslide.

Police say the Main Roads Department is manning the location with traffic control personnel, urging drivers to slow down. It is not known at this stage when the blocked lane will be re-opened to traffic.

Earlier today, warnings were issued for flooding over the Captain Cook Highway at Hollways Beach (near the go-kart track) and Machan’s Beach roundabout, while Cairns Regional Council issued advice to avoid flooded roads and to take care when driving in wet conditions.

A Mossman Police spokesperson said no roads were currently closed due to flooding anywhere between Mossman and Daintree, but drivers were being asked to proceed with care around Bushy Creek on the Mossman-Mount Molloy Road, near Julatten, as floodwater rose.

And while the Bureau of Meteorology currently has flood warnings in place for the Barron and Mulgrave rivers, no flood warning had been issued for the Daintree River.

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