Long awaited Dawson Hwy intersection finally finished
IT SHOULD have been an 18-week project but 12 months on, work on the Brendonna/Dawson Hwy intersection is finally complete.
The seagull style intersection provides safe access to newly named Jim Whyte Way which leads to the Beecher Estate and the Bougainvillea Caravan Park.
The intersection upgrade has been undertaken by developer Lowtian in collaboration with Gladstone Regional Council.
Work began on the upgrade in February 2012.
Project manager Ian Fawkes said delays were caused by a variety of external factors.
The first in a string of setbacks is all too familiar in the Gladstone region.
"The private contractor who started work on the project began losing staff to higher paying LNG projects," Mr Fawkes said.
"We had enough trouble finding contractors to carry out the work in the first place. We asked nine local companies to tender for the work but were unable to compete with the other projects in the region."
Contractors ended up being sourced from the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Fawkes said stringent specifications from Main Roads and material shortages due to the high volume of demand across the state also added time onto the project.
Gladstone Regional Councillor Rick Hansen said he understood the delay was "unbearable" for many residents in the region.
"Yes it took longer than it should have but the end result is fantastic," Cr Hansen said. "We now have an intersection that will last until 2030."
As proved in recent flooding, the intersection also provides the Beecher area with a vital access point during flood events.
"The intersection makes the area more accessible," Cr Hansen said.