Construction to start on Kin Kora intersection upgrade

Media Release

WT123/2015

04 May 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Glenn Butcher

Member for Gladstone

Major works will commence on the replacement of the Kin Kora roundabout in Gladstone on Monday May 4.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will introduce traffic signals to the intersection, boosting overall safety and efficiency for motorists.

“The Dawson Highway and Philip Street are major arterial connectors to and from the Gladstone Central Business District and Port of Gladstone, which is why the Australian Government is investing in this vital piece of infrastructure,” Mr Truss said.

“By making the right infrastructure choices today, we are creating a stronger country for tomorrow.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the Australian Government had committed $12.5 million and the Queensland Government $12.5 million towards the $25 million upgrade.

“Major construction works will involve removing the current roundabout and establishing a new traffic signal controlled intersection,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“Early works on the project began last November and the project is expected to be completed in early 2016.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the intersection upgrade is a priority for the region and will be central in keeping traffic moving.

“Approximately 28,000 motorists travel through this roundabout every day. The upgrade, when completed, will go a long way towards easing congestion,” Mr Bailey said.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the upgrade, when completed early next year, would make a big difference to traffic flow into and out of the CBD and the port precinct.

“As an added bonus, the upgrade will provide jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever. An average of 78 jobs will be created during the construction stage,” Mr Bailey said.

For further information regarding traffic and roadwork please visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.