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Long weekend exodus starts early with M1, Bruce Highway and Gateway Motorway clogged

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It seems Brisbane motorists have developed a telepathic connection, with the long weekend exodus starting early on Friday afternoon, creating gridlock on the major motorways.

Australian Traffic Network reporter Olympia Kwitowski said by 6pm only about 10 kilometres of northbound delays had formed on the Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and Bald Hills. There had been more than 20 kilometres of delays earlier in the evening.

Southbound traffic on the Gateway and Pacific Motorway overpass on Friday evening.

Southbound traffic on the Gateway and Pacific Motorway overpass on Friday evening. Photo: Toby Crockford

The M1 southbound had cleared by 6pm after seeing more than 15 kilometres of delays during the afternoon. However, northbound congestion remained, with more than seven kilometres of traffic from Loganholme to Slacks Creek.

Looking north, almost 20 kilometres of northbound gridlock on the Bruce Highway had cleared by 5.30pm.

Meanwhile, northbound delays on Gympie Road were down to about seven kilometres between Carseldine and Bald Hills by 6pm.

The long weekend rush came after a car crashed into a truck, causing a bobcat trailer to flip and block two southbound lanes of the M1 at the Gold Coast.

Australian Traffic Network reporter Adam Smith said more than 15 kilometres of delays had formed less than an hour after the incident, stretching from the crash site in Nerang to Ormeau.

The crash happened about midday and emergency services remained at the scene, according to a police spokesman.

Southbound traffic on the M1 through Helensvale.

Southbound traffic on the M1 through Helensvale. Photo: Toby Crockford

The clean-up operation took two hours and the southbound lanes reopened just before 2pm.

Paramedics assessed and treated two men, who suffered minor injuries. One was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital.

The Price Street on-ramp was also closed during the clean-up operation.

Meanwhile, a moped rider suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car on the Gold Coast earlier in the afternoon. Police are investigating following a serious traffic crash at Bundall this afternoon.

The crash happened about 2.45pm on Upton Street in Bundall, with the moped rider taken to Gold Coast University Hospital. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Source of article click here : The Sydney Morning Herald

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