Traffic Flowing on Calliope Crossroads
11 June 2014
Joint release with:
Member for Flynn
Two years of construction work on the Calliope Crossroads is drawing to a close, with drivers on the Bruce and Dawson highways now enjoying safer and more efficient travel.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd today to inspect the $105 million project.
“The Australian Government fully funded the Calliope Crossroads upgrade, a major construction project that has significantly improved the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Dawson Highways,” Mr Truss said.
“Traffic was first able to use the overpass in December 2013, however, construction was still underway with road resurfacing, line marking and drainage changes resulting in lane closures at various times.
“All lanes and ramps are now open, with the new Bruce Highway overpass bridge providing uninterrupted and safer traffic flow, along with entry and exit ramps between the Bruce Highway and Dawson Highway.
“Gladstone traffic travelling north can make use of a separate loop bridge on the Bruce Highway, and the Dawson Highway has been duplicated to four lanes.
“We are working with the Queensland Government to build a better Bruce Highway, with $6.7 billion allocated to projects along the length of the highway.”
Mr O'Dowd said the opening of the new interchange was a milestone for the Gladstone region and the new infrastructure would benefit the regional, state and national economies.
“This infrastructure will improve productivity and linkages between nearby mining enterprises, Gladstone Port and industrial regions to the north and south of the crossroads,” Mr O'Dowd said.
“The Dawson Highway duplication will also improve traffic flow and reduce travel times for commuters between Calliope and Gladstone.”
Cleaning and clearing of the project work site will continue over the following weeks.