Kirkwood Road to open up city for expansion
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ONCE complete, Kirkwood Road will provide quick access from Benaraby Road, near the Toolooa Bends, to the Dawson Highway on the other side of town.
The road is designed to be built in three stages.
Stage one is Harvey Road just past the Gladstone Leagues Club to Dixon Drive; Stage two is from Dixon Drive to Glenlyon Road and stage three is from Glenlyon Road to Benaraby Road.
The fourth stage is then an underpass linking Harvey Road to Don Young Drive under the Dawson Highway.
The completion of the road from Dixon Drive to Benaraby Road is dependant upon federal funding and applications are currently before the government.
At present the road has been funded from Harvey Road through to Dixon Drive, with completion due by 2007.
Funding has come from partnerships between Gladstone City Council and interested developers.
One such developer, Edgar Allen from Ray White Real Estate, said the completion of the road would open up about 3000 residential blocks for development, expanding the city of Gladstone.
Mr Allen said much of the land in the area had already been bought by developers, showing the need for the road to be completed.
'It is a very big project, but it needs to be done as soon as possible,' he said.
Mr Allen said the completion of Kirkwood Road would lead to further expansions of several suburbs in Gladstone including New Auckland, Telina and Clinton Park.
'It will link the whole of Gladstone as well as expand certain areas and provide greater access,' Mr Allen said.
Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said another advantage of Kirkwood Road would be easy access to certain areas of town in case of an emergency.
'It will mean those who work out at Boyne Tannum or travel in from there will have better access to the city,' Cr Corones said.
'But it also means that if there is an accident that closes the highway in the city we will have another way around.
'At the moment if Dawson Road is closed we are in trouble.'