HIGHWAY TO HELL: Gridlock as rain sets in, Coast exodus starts

Sunshine Coast traffic congestion on the Bruce Hwy.
Sunshine Coast traffic congestion on the Bruce Hwy.

TRAFFIC is building towards heavy on the Bruce Hwy but the travel time to Brisbane has been quicker than expected for the first part of the last day of the September holidays.

Sunshine Coast Police Superintendent Darryl Johnson said the drive home for thousands of tourists exiting the region today had been easy so far with one report of a trip to Cooparoo taking only an hour and 20 minutes.

Supt Johnson said it was looking as though the worst of the congestion was still to come as holidaymakers pack up and head home this afternoon just as rain activity looks set to increase.

Falls of up to 45mm were still expected despite the Bureau of Meteorology this morning winding back estimates after a deepening trough, which had been expected to deliver up to 30mm of rain and hour for six hours starting at 2-3pm, proved weaker than first thought.

The RACQ has urged motorists departing this afternoon to be prepared for a long journey and to show patience.

Drivers should also increase braking distances in the wet, with fears it would only take one accident to grind the Bruce Hwy to a standstill.

At 11am Queensland Transport highway cameras were showing heavy traffic beginning to accumulate on the highway at Red Road.

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