Speed limits and load weights planned for rural road

PROTECTING drivers from land slips and rock falls are behind a move to limit load weights on a road near Calliope.

A 15-tonne limit will be placed on Tableland Rd, west of Calliope. A 40kmh speed limit is also in place.

The section, about 4.5km from the Dawson Hwy turn-off, comprises unsealed gravel that could be hit by land slips and rock falls.

Gladstone Regional Council rural services portfolio spokesman Leo Neill-Ballantine said the load restriction would come into effect once signs had been installed.

"The restrictions follow the recommendation of consultants, investigating damage from rainfall in March, to reduce risks to road users from potential land slips and rock falls in the area," Cr Neill-Ballantine said.

"This is a short-term measure, in addition to safety barrier installation and reduction of the speed limit to 40kmh."

The site has been monitored since the temporary closure of part of the road last year due to stability concerns after excessive rain, Cr Neill-Ballantine said.



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