HIGHWAY DAMAGE: A motorist has submitted an image of the 'sink hole' which has turned out to be something else.
HIGHWAY DAMAGE: A motorist has submitted an image of the 'sink hole' which has turned out to be something else. Jody Walker

WATCH: Video of Capricorn Highway 'sink hole'

INITIAL reports of a "sink hole" opening up on the Capricorn Highway have been downgraded.

Authorities have sought to clarify an earlier report from 10.30pm last night of a large sink hole appearing on the highway.

They now say it was a large "wheel rut" identified yesterday.

A video submitted by Hindi Sellwood showed a lack of significant "sink-hole-like" damage to the highway.

Capricorn Hwy sink hole: Video: Hindi Sellwood
Capricorn Hwy sink hole: Video: Hindi Sellwood

An image submitted by Jody Walker (at the top) also indicates that unlike a sink hole, which can be quite deep, the damage to the highway was shallow, estimated to be less than one metre deep.

A TMR spokesperson said they were responding to a road defect about 10.5km west of Duaringa, on the Capricorn Highway.

MAP: Department of Transport and Main Roads has provided updated details regarding their repair efforts for the Capricorn Highway.
MAP: Department of Transport and Main Roads has provided updated details regarding their repair efforts for the Capricorn Highway. Dept of Transport and Main Roads

"The defect was incorrectly referred to as a sink hole in a notice to motorists overnight Monday, and we apologise for the error," the spokesperson said. 

"We identified the issue yesterday during a routine inspection and had set up traffic control on site by early evening to guide vehicles around the one-lane closure.

ROAD DEFECT: The defect in the road was identified by the TMR inspector yesterday.
ROAD DEFECT: The defect in the road was identified by the TMR inspector yesterday.

"Crews are currently on site repairing the road and traffic control will remain in place until the repairs are completed, which we expect to be today."

The spokesperson said the final seal would be undertaken as soon as weather conditions permit.

ROADWORKS UNDERWAY: A road defect on the Capricorn Highway is currently being repaired.
ROADWORKS UNDERWAY: A road defect on the Capricorn Highway is currently being repaired.