Highway duplication work starts in February
THE duplication of Dawson High- way is on track and expected to start in February.
Part of the four-laning of the highway will see the roundabout at Aerodrome Road taken out and replaced with traffic lights.
The roundabout was put in as a temporary fix to traffic along the highway last time it was upgrad- ed, but has remained in place for a number of years, coming to be known as the "temporary perma- nent roundabout''.
Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said traffic lights would be insert- ed at the site to help break up the traffic.
"You need to break the traffic at some point, so cars can get out safely,'' Cr Corones said.
Traffic congestion on the high-way has been the source of concern for residents, with traffic jams commonplace.
Acting technical services direc- tor Martin Francis said the first part of the road would be built off the highway, meaning there would be very little disruption to traffic.
Negotiations for costing and a work program has been submitted to the Department of Main Roads and is expected to be finalised in the near future.
Mr Francis said the project was expected to be completed by June or July next year.