Local politicians are hopeful funding for an upgrade of the Kin Kora roundabout will be allocated in this year's state budget.
Local politicians are hopeful funding for an upgrade of the Kin Kora roundabout will be allocated in this year's state budget. Chris Chan

Notorious roundabout still on agenda as budget approaches

WITH the Queensland Budget less than a month away, Gladstone politicians are holding out hope it will include a fix for Gladstone's worst roundabout.

For more than two years, Gladstone independent MP Liz Cunningham and Mayor Gail Sellers have been campaigning to upgrade the Kin Kora roundabout.

On Wednesday a bus carrying 60 school students and a car collided as the bus approached the roundabout.

Mrs Cunningham said the roundabout was the priority roadwork for Gladstone city.

"The cost will be significant and often these types of projects are funded over two budgets," she said.

"That would be fine because the size of the works would require a reasonable timeline to build in continued use of the road during construction."

Mrs Cunningham said the amount of traffic using the intersection was the main issue, whereas Cr Sellers maintained bad driving also was to blame.

While there has been some discussion surrounding an overpass, Mrs Cunningham said the current proposal was to replace the roundabout with a fully signalled intersection.

Cr Sellers said various options had been tabled in discussions with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

"The final decision will be with DTMR but from the options that have been discussed the most popular possibility appears to be traffic lights," Cr Sellers said.

Mrs Cunningham said the upgrade had been slowed by a variety of factors, including development proposals for Stockland Shopping Centre.

She said the current government was aware the intersection was a priority.

What would you prefer to improve the Kin Kora roundabout?

This poll ended on 08 June 2013.

Current Results

An overpass

50%

Traffic lights

36%

Upgraded roundabout

2%

Better educated drivers

11%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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