Trees make way for more lanes on Dawson Highway

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A GROUP of trees made way for the widening of the Dawson Highway yesterday.

About 23 were cut down so preliminary road works could begin on the project.

Gladstone City Council manager of works and traffic Martin Francis said the work went smoothly.

However, Mr Francis said there was one complaint received in relation to the clearing of the trees.

The work was carried out under the supervision of environmental conservation personnel from Central Queensland University.

Mr Francis said the trees were examined prior to being knocked down and none were found to be inhabited by animals.

A Department of Main Roads spokesperson said the environmental area around the highway would be rehabilitated as part of the road widening.

'The rehabilitation and revegetation project will commence as soon as work starts on the widening of the Dawson Highway and will take three weeks,' he said.

The widening of the Dawson Highway will make four lanes from Penda Avenue to Chapman Drive. The project is expected to be completed by July.



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