New intersection coming for Bruce and Dawson highways

Work begins on project to fix intersection between the Bruce and Dawson highways in regional Queensland

July 11, 2012

Work has started on a project to fix the existing congested intersection between the Bruce and Dawson highways.

The $150 million federally-funded Calliope Crossroads Upgrade will replace the existing infrastructure with the largest interchange in regional Queensland.

The project will erect a 64-metre long bridge over the Dawson Highway, construct on and off ramps, install two signalised intersections and provide shared pedestrian and cycle paths alongside the route.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the upgrade is due to be completed in 2015, delivering safer and quicker driving conditions for the more than 6,000 motorists and 1,600 truck drivers using the intersection each day.

"I’m confident that this upgrade provides a solution not just for the next three years but for the next three decades, one which reflects the community’s expectations and the region’s long term infrastructure needs," Albanese says.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the upgrade will be a major boon for the Gladstone and Calliope communities and regular users of the Bruce and Dawson highways.

"What’s more, considering the Dawson Highway forms part of a strategic link between the Gladstone Port and the Central Queensland mining, agricultural and industrial enterprises, it will also support economic growth across the region," Emerson says.

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