Service station upgrade draws closer

An upgrade to a popular truck stop north of Queensland's Sunshine Coast is closer to fruition

November 25, 2010

An upgrade to a popular truck stop north of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is closer to fruition.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the design work for the $1.8 million upgrade of the Matilda Service Station on the Bruce Highway at Kybong is in its final stages.

Once completed, Albanese says the upgrade will improve the visibility of vehicles leaving the service station and turning right to travel south on the highway.

The route is a notorious blind spot, which earlier this year prompted threats from the Transport Workers Union of a blockade unless it was fixed.

"The upgrade project includes constructing a new dedicated off-ramp for northbound traffic to safely exit the highway, improving the visibility for vehicles leaving the service station," Albanese says.

The project is expected to begin early next year, but Albanese says electrical and lighting work will need to be completed first.

Electricians will be onsite on November 28, and Albanese says they will take about a week to complete the work.

"Completing the electrical and lighting upgrades now will allow work to commence on the road widening once the contract has been awarded," he says.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace says efforts will be taken to reduce disruption to motorists during the electrical work.

"Traffic control will be in place, so I ask motorists for their patience and cooperation during the upgrade, for their safety and the safety of roadworkers," he says.

Queensland TWU Branch Secretary Hughie Williams earlier this year threatened to shutdown the road unless the Federal Government upgraded it.

TWU Queensland Branch Secretary Hughie Williams criticised a lack of action from government to fix the blind spot

The route is blamed for fatal accidents because motorists struggle to see oncoming traffic when crossing the highway or merging onto it.

"We’ve done it [a blockade] before and we’ll do it again if we have to," Williams said earlier this year.

"When you’re pushed into a corner you have to do desperate things."

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