Kirkwood Road a top priority
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
IF Gladstone residents could have one wish for the city for 2006, it would be for the completion of Kirkwood Road.
While the road is not scheduled for completion until 2007, a majority of Gladstone residents cited it as their number one priority project for this year.
In a phone poll conducted by The Observer yesterday, 50 Gladstone residents were asked which project they would most like to see completed in 2006.
Kirkwood Road received the most votes, with 36 per cent, closely followed by the CBD redevelopment project and the Gladstone Central Shopping Centre complex on the Dawson Highway, which each received 22 per cent of the votes.
Other projects people wanted to see finished in 2006 included the Witney Street boom gates, Bunnings warehouse and the BITS Club.
However it was Kirkwood Road that most residents wanted to see progress.
One resident said: "There's only one way into town for people who live at Clinton or New Auckland and all it needs is a bad accident at Kin Kora roundabout and no one would be able to get anywhere''.
Another resident said the traffic congestion on Harvey Road during peak hours was "pretty scary''.
Some residents also wanted the Callemondah overpass made a priority.
Scheduled for completion in June this year, the overpass is to be built in conjunction with Kirkwood Road, and will eventually divert heavy transport on a western ring road to industrial areas.
Our top three projects for 2006: page 4.