Transport and Main Roads Queensland has issued a reminder that as of 20 July 2020, new conditions are in place for oversize loads on the Toowoomba Bypass.
According to TMR, these conditions are being introduced to ensure the movement of oversize loads are managed in a safe and efficient way, minimising the impact to operators whilst maintaining network efficiency for all road users.
The new conditions state that transport operators with loads between 5.5m-7.0m in width and less than 102.5 tonnes Gross Combination Mass (GCM) must contact Broadspectrum on 07 4593 0001 at least one hour prior to travel on the Toowoomba Bypass, and must pull over at regular intervals to allow traffic to pass.
Loads between 5.5m-7.0m in width and greater than 102.5 tonnes GCM are subject to the same conditions with the additional condition that travel is only permitted between 8pm and 5am.
Operators with loads exceeding 7.0m in width must adhere to all aforementioned conditions in addition to the condition that whilst in transit, communication via UHF Channel 40 must be maintained between Broadspectrum, the driver, pilot and Queensland Police escorts.
Furthermore, when following traffic builds up the driver is required to stop at the next available stopping bay to allow traffic to pass.
TMR further states that operators with oversize loads exceeding 8.0m in width, 5.4m in height or 45m in length must submit a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) with any access application. Access applications will not be assessed without a TMP.