Overpass tender process closed

THE tender process for the Callemondah Overpass project has closed and the successful party is expected to be announced in the near future.

Funded jointly by the state and federal governments, the project has met some delays due to design issues.

Gladstone City Council acting director of infrastructure services Ross Paroz said work had progressed to a point where construction could now begin and would be completed by June next year.

Mr Paroz said the original design for the project had been done in 2000, but due to delays in getting funding, sat idle. As a result in changes to design specifications, new designs had to be completed once funding was secured.

Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said the overpass would enable trucks to enter and exit Gladstone without having to pass through residential or city centre areas.

'It will mean the trucks can use the crossing without having to worry about the boom gates or trains,' Cr Corones said.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he pushed for funding for the overpass because he saw it as an important link to the local road network.

When completed the overpass will allow traffic to drive along Don Young Drive behind Seaview Heights.

The road will then come out onto the Dawson Highway on the way to Beecher.

Eventually Kirkwood Road will travel under the Dawson Highway and meet up with Don Young Drive, providing a link road around the city.

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