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Bitumen melting on Bruce Highway south of Mackay trashes truck tyres

Up to 50 people could be owed compensation after the road failure in the state's far north in June. Photo: David Anthony/Tablelander
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Another case of melting bitumen, this time on the Bruce Highway, has destroyed the tyres of at least one heavy vehicle in central Queensland on Tuesday night.

It comes after a similar incident affected a road in the state’s far north early last month.

Today, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) confirmed resealing work had failed on a 2.4-kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway between Rockhampton and Mackay.

The road surface started lifting overnight on Tuesday.

Bitumen from the Bruce Highway destroyed this truck tyre on Tuesday night.

Local petrol station manager Kylie Cooper told the ABC a truck driver turned up early this morning with melted tar coating his tyres.

“He said it’s just crazy,” Ms Cooper said.

“He said it’s just really, really sticky, wet, and just getting stuck everywhere.

“He had black hands — it was all over his hands. He was trying to get it out of the rim of his truck.”

Ms Cooper said she had never seen anything like it.

Last month, the Malanda Millaa Millaa Road on the Atherton Tablelands was closed for emergency repairs after a similar incident caused traffic chaos and damage to vehicles.

One of the vehicles affected on Malanda Millaa Millaa Road in June. Photo: 7 News

TMR blamed that incident on a newly resurfaced road being affected by wet weather and then hot temperatures.

Up to 50 people could be entitled to compensation for damage to their cars from driving on the road.

It is not clear whether the same contractor was involved in the latest incident of the road surface melting.

The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour on the affected section of the Bruce Highway, south of Mackay near Waverley Creek.

Motorists are being urged to avoid the area if possible.

TMR said claims for compensation would be considered for the Bruce Highway incident and could be lodged by calling 4951 8555.