Short-term traffic pain will pay off for Kin Kora upgrade
THE high priority $25.4 million Kin Kora roundabout project is all cashed up, but Gladstone's mayor has warned that traffic congestion will get worse before it gets better.
The Royalties for Regions program will fund the state's $12.5 million commitment, with the Federal Government's portion already tabled.
But there are questions over what happens next, with both Gladstone Regional Council and the State Government saying it's up to the other to submit a business case for the project.
The preliminary plan, which is subject to change, will see Dawson Hwy and Phillip St become a four-way signalled traffic intersection, with extra turning lanes along Dawson Hwy.
A construction start is still a year away with a target date for completion of December 2015, weather permitting.
Although Infrastructure Minister Jeff Seeney's office sent out a media release on Monday, GRC Mayor Gail Sellers said the council hadn't received details about the funds.
"As we understand, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney released information on Sunday that showed this money was available to the Gladstone region," she said.
"It is a main road, so I'm uncertain of who will be submitting the application, and TMR (Traffic and Main Roads) still needs to do a business plan."
However, the minister's office said it was the council's responsibility to submit a detailed business case.
Cr Sellers said the council had not received a timeline for the work, but hoped it would go ahead as soon as possible.
And she warned that traffic at the site would get worse before it got better.
"We definitely have to expect increased traffic disruptions," she said.
A TMR spokesperson said the project was high priority and on completion it was expected to produce significant and immediate improvements in traffic flow and safety.
What do you think about current plans for the roundabout?
This poll ended on 29 November 2013.
It's great to see something happening, but I'm not holding my breath
This should have been done years ago
I don't like the current plan, but at least something is underway
The plan is fine and I'm looking forward to the finished project
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.