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Police will close the M1 and Gold Coast Highway at different times tonight in order to install concrete barriers at border checkpoints.
Temporary infrastructure was yesterday installed in order to close the border to New South Wales at 1am today, however, from 7pm, work will begin to install more permanent checkpoints on the M1 and Gold Coast Highway, Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said.
The roads will not be closed at the same time and traffic diversions will be in place.
Motorists entering Queensland this morning experienced average delays of 88 minutes on the M1 and 22 minutes on the Gold Coast Highway and at Griffith Street, Act Chief Insp Wildman said.
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He urged motorists to print their border passes where possible and display them on their dash or windscreen as that allowed a faster traffic flow than if officers had to check passes on mobile phones.
No fines have been issued but four cars were turned away at the border last night, he said, as they had travelled from declared hotspots and did not make the 1am cut-off.
He said with the exception of border residents travelling for permitted reasons, anyone entering Queensland from a hotspot could not do so by road, but instead must complete a travel declaration and fly into Queensland before being transported to hotel quarantine.
A border checkpoint will also be operational at Numinbah from 7am to 7pm and further checkpoints will be established for local traffic only on Miles Street and Dixon Street in Coolangatta if resources allow.
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