Minister says upgrade for Kin Kora roundabout a priority

IT'S official - Kin Kora roundabout is on the way out.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson yesterday told Parliament he was aware of the roundabout's horrors.

"I acknowledge that the Kin Kora roundabout is the most congested intersection in Gladstone, and that delivering a long-term solution to address safety issues in the area is a priority," he said.

He was responding to independent MP for Gladstone, Liz Cunningham, who wanted to know a timeline for fixing the issue.

But while Mr Emerson said the roundabout was "the region's highest priority", he wasn't prepared to talk deadlines.

He said a Department of Transport and Main Roads study had been delayed until this month, but he believed the end is nigh for the roundabout.

"The most likely recommendation from the planning study is to remove the roundabout and provide a large signalised intersection capable of managing future traffic growth," he said.

The roundabout report, which cost $1.5 million, was delayed so the impact of a $150 million commercial redevelopment next to the intersection could also be considered.

"I anticipate releasing the outcomes of the planning study in coming weeks and identifying opportunities to fund the upgrade as soon as the state's financial situation will allow," he said.



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