Callemondah overpass work starts



THE future of Gladstone's road network took another step forward recently with the start of construction on the $6 million Callemondah overpass.

Due for completion mid-next year, the overpass on Red Rover Road is part of a plan to help remove heavy traffic from inner city roads.

Built in conjunction with the Kirkwood road project, the overpass will eventually divert heavy transport on a western ring road to industrial areas.

Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said the overpass would also help improve safety in the region.

The current rail crossing has seen a number of near misses for motorists.

'The new road and rail overpass bridges will also greatly improve community safety by eliminating the existing low standard, open level rail crossing at the western end of Queensland Rail's wagon marshalling yard at Callemondah,' Cr Corones said.

Cr Corones said with the growth in the Gladstone port and Central Queensland mining centres, the rail crossing had a dramatic increase in traffic, resulting in a need for improvements.

Jointly funded by the State and Federal governments, the overpass had some minor delays due to design issues.

Cr Corones said the work was likely to cause some minor disruptions to traffic, in particular when the linkages were constructed to connect with the existing roads at either end.



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