Roadworks on time for completion
WORK is powering ahead on the traffic infrastructure upgrades which will enable Gympie to cope with an upgraded Bruce Hwy.
A Transport and Main Roads Department spokesman said the projects underway at Six Mile Creek, Keefton Rd and Venardos Ave were part of the highway's Section C upgrade from Traveston to Woondum.
"The upgrade of this section of Bruce Highway will address serious safety risks between Woondum and Six Mile Creek rest area," he said.
Work started in late July 2015 and involves widening the existing highway between Woondum and the Six Mile Creek rest area, installing a raised centre median to separate opposing directions of traffic and installing dedicated left and right-turn lanes at the Keefton Road and Six Mile Creek rest area intersections
Access to the Gold Nugget Service Station will soon also include protected entry lanes.
Money has also been allocated from the Safer Roads Sooner program to upgrade the Venardos Avenue intersection, which provides access to the industrial estate, at the same time.
"All clearing work for the upgraded section of highway is complete with 95 per cent of major drainage work completed," the spokesman said.
"The new service road into the Gold Nugget Service Station is almost complete, with asphalt work and street lights still to go.
"The widening of the highway is progressing well with an anticipated traffic switch onto the new widened section of pavement in mid-November, weather permitting.
There has also been good progress on the upgrade of the Keefton Road intersection, Six Mile Creek rest area intersection and Venardos Avenue intersection.
All are due for completion by mid-2016, weather permitting.