The Gillard and Bligh Labor governments today released full details of the $150 million Calliope Crossroads Upgrade to improve safety at the Bruce Highway and Dawson Highway intersection, west of Gladstone.
The Calliope Crossroads design has been completed two months ahead of schedule, and will be displayed for the Gladstone and Calliope community from today until 18 February 2012.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said to put it simply, it’s massive.
“In fact, it will be the largest highway interchange in Queensland outside the south-east corner,” said Mr Albanese.
“The size of the upgrade reflects the growing importance of the Gladstone Region as an economic powerhouse in this state, and the future growth we expect in the area.
“In fact, such is its importance we brought forward $80 million from our Nation Building Program to fast track the project.”
Queensland Mains Road Minister Craig Wallace said the impressive upgrade was necessary to provide a safe intersection as traffic in the area increased.
“Upgrading to the Calliope Crossroads was identified as a short-term priority (1-5 years) in the Queensland Government Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy, released in July 2011,” Mr Wallace said.
“It is very pleasing to see the federal government has provided the $150 million funding required to deliver the project.
“Our primary concern has always been the safety of motorists and the community. With over 8,000 vehicles using the intersection daily the time has come for this much needed safety upgrade,” Mr Wallace said.
Construction on the Calliope Crossroads Upgrade is expected to commence by June 2012 and will take up to two years to complete.
Key features include:
- A 64 metre long bridge for the Bruce Highway, which when constructed will see the highway return to a 100km/h speed limit.
- The Dawson Highway will pass under the new bridge, and will be upgraded to a four lane divided road in the intersection area.
- On and off ramps for Dawson Highway traffic turning onto an off the Bruce Highway. Traffic lights at the off ramp intersections to improve the safety of turning traffic. Dedicated turn lanes into Ibottson Road and Domain Parklands.
- Relocated private property accesses along the Bruce Highway.
- A shared pedestrian/cyclist path provided beside the Dawson Highway.
Public Display Details:
- Calliope Library 28 January to 18 February, during normal opening hours (static display only).
- Gladstone City Library 28 January to 18 February, during normal opening hours (static display only).
- Calliope IGA Shopping Centre 28 January and 18 February, 8:30am – 2pm (staffed display).
- Kin Kora Shopping Centre 4 February and 11 February, 8:30am – 2pm (staffed display).
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.