UPDATE @ 12.30 PM | The Mayor says it could still be another couple of hours before the major traffic situation in Surfers Paradise is under control.
All roads around the suburb have been blocked since around 10.00am, after glass panels were blown off a building on Ferny Avenue.
Police have closed Ferny Avenue between Beach Road and Elkhorn Avenue due to the debris, and are still working to clear up the area.
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The closures have forced the rest of the suburb into traffic mayhem, with the Gold Coast Highway, Thomas Drive and Beach Road all very congested.
Motorists report that traffic on Bundall Road trying to turn onto Chevron Island is also still banked up.
Mayor Tom Tate has urged everyone to avoid the area a little while longer if possible.
“Surfers Paradise – we had a fallen pane of glass, so if you can avoid Surfers Paradise in the next hour or two that would be great.
“Because the police are there, it’s really congested there, and they’re cleaning up the debris,” the Mayor said at his midday press conference.
EARLIER @ 10.00 AM | Motorists are being urged to avoid roads around Surfers Paradise after glass panels were blown off a building on Ferny Avenue.
The panels were dislodged from part of Circle on Cavill this morning.
Ferny Avenue is currently blocked in both directions between Elkhorn Avenue and Beach Rd.
There are lengthy delays for traffic on Ferny Avenue as well as Thomas Drive over Chevron Island.
Streets through Surfers including Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Northcliffe Ave are also heavily congested.
Pedestrians are also being urged to avoid the area.
Road closures on Ferny Ave, Surfers between Beach Rd and Elkhorn Ave due to loose roofing on a building in Surfers Paradise. Both north and south bound lanes are closed. pic.twitter.com/rpjEfTz4ZD
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