Bypass closures causes traffic chaos

THERE were major delays on the Tugun Bypass yesterday in two separate incidents.

About 12.45pm a fire alarm was triggered in the northbound tunnel, causing the automated safety response and water deluge sprinkler systems to be activated and the tunnel entry closed.

Traffic was diverted along the Gold Coast Highway before the tunnel reopened at 2.15pm.

At 2.30pm, the southbound tube was closed for about 30 minutes after the driver of an over-height vehicle ignored warnings to exit the bypass.

The tunnel's over-height vehicle sensors were activated and the Traffic Management Centre was able to manually close the southbound lane down immediately to prevent any damage.

There were minor delays while police escorted the over-height vehicle safely through the tunnel.

The cause of the fire alarm activation is being investigated.



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