Extra cash for crossroads
WORK on the Calliope crossroads project is to start in 2012 with the Federal Government's allocation of an extra $95 million.
Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan arrived in Gladstone yesterday afternoon to attend the local Labor Party campaign launch for Member for Flynn Chris Trevor and is expected to announce major road projects for Gladstone today.
The Deputy Prime Minister was expected to announce that a re-elected Labor Government would invest the additional $95 million for a more extensive upgrade of the Calliope crossroads than originally planned.
The total cost of the project would be $150 million.
A community meeting in Calliope in May was told by Main Roads that the preferred upgrade option of an overpass would cost more than the $55 million promised at the time.
Mr Trevor said the decision to increase the investment was based on the long-term planning work and community consultations.
“There is now a solution which better reflects the community's expectations and the region's long-term infrastructure needs,” he said.
“The new interchange will ease local traffic congestions and deliver safer, quicker driving conditions for the 9000 motorists and 1600 truck drivers that pass through this intersection each day.”
Mr Trevor said the multimillion-dollar upgrade would improve safety at this intersection as well as support the region's rapidly growing population and industries.