Trucks Stranded After Floods Cause Damage to Key Freight Route in Western Australia

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Trucks Stranded After Floods Cause Damage to Key Freight Route in Western Australia

Dozens of trucks traveling on the Geraldton-Mount Magnet road in Western Australia have been stranded for several days due to extensive floodwater damage caused by heavy rains in Mullewa. The road, a critical freight route connecting smaller communities and mine sites with Geraldton, was closed after about 150 meters of it was washed away following over 100mm of rainfall during the weekend.

State Opposition leader Shane Love emphasized the necessity for improved investment and maintenance of regional roads, particularly those accommodating heavy traffic like quad road trains. The closure of the road not only impacted truck drivers but also highlighted the strain on infrastructure that was not originally designed to handle such volume and weight of traffic. With about eight trucks stranded at the floodwaters and 60 to 70 fully loaded trucks halted in various locations across the Murchison region, the need for immediate repairs and long-term road upgrades has been underscored.

Despite Main Roads WA temporarily reopening the road on Tuesday with traffic management measures in place, concerns remain over the road's ability to safely support the heavy traffic it currently bears. The situation has prompted discussions about the pending business case to upgrade the Geraldton to Mt Magnet Road and the broader need for significant investment to ensure road safety and infrastructure durability.