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Two heavy haulage transporters carrying $16 million of mining gear are stranded after they were found to be too massive to travel down Cunninghams Gap in Queensland.

The transporters, 64 metres long, 4.2 metres wide, and weighing 260 tonnes, were told they were simply too large to travel the road safely.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads told Warwick Daily News department inspectors and up to four prime movers would be required to manoeuvre and slow down the loads.

"This sort of operation with this scale of oversized load poses significant safety risks, especially around major road works like the $40m reconstruction works at the Gap," they said.

The DTMR said measures needed to be taken to ensure the transporters did not damage the road or get jammed.

"The risks posed by two 64m long and 260 tonne loads getting stuck on the Gap during the wet season are simply too great and could cause a 24 hour closure or more," it said.

The transporters are travelling from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane and then on to Canada.

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