THE $25 million transformation of the Kin Kora roundabout has started.
Over the next 18 months, the Dawson Hwy and Philip St roundabout will be removed and replaced with a new four-lane traffic signal-controlled intersection.
The roundabout was a hot election issue this time last year for the federal candidates, with a partnership between the Liberal state and federal seats agreeing to fund $12.5 million each for the project.
The project is expected to improve traffic flow and safety.
"For the next four months, Shamrock Civil Engineering Pty Ltd will be working to relocate underground water and essential services, ahead of above-ground works commencing," Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss said.
Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd welcomed the beginning of work and recognised Gladstone Regional Council's decision in May to support the handing over of a section of Lions Park to allow the project to go ahead.
"This upgrade will help alleviate the traffic congestion that regularly occurs at this intersection," he said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said all three levels of government had identified the Kin Kora intersection upgrade as a high priority road infrastructure project for the Gladstone region.
"As a regular visitor to Gladstone, I have seen first-hand the volume of traffic which passes through the intersection," Mr Emerson said.
"It is obvious why the intersection upgrade is a priority for the region and will be central to keeping traffic moving to and from Gladstone's CBD for the next 10 years and beyond."
At the time of the promise, Mr O'Dowd said the work would take eight months to complete, but the latest project timeline was 18 months.
Independent MP for Gladstone Liz Cunningham said at the time it was the best news for Gladstone.
"It's been the priority for the community here for years," she said. "It's the bottleneck in Gladstone."
KIN KORA UPGRADE
- Early work started on September 29
- Underground infrastructure will be relocated from below Dawson Hwy
- These works are separate to the construction contract for the roundabout upgrade
- Shamrock Civil Engineering will work until Christmas on the relocation