Chapman Drive set for major upgrade

CHAPMAN  Drive in Clinton has been earmarked for a $3.46 million major reconstruction in Gladstone Regional Council's Budget 2015/16.

Council's Engineering Services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said the project had been made a high priority after studies revealed the reconstruction work was required to cope with an increased volume of traffic.

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"The reconstruction project is an integration of four separate projects and includes the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Chapman Drive and Ballantine Street and an upgrade of the intersection of Chapman Drive and J Hickey Avenue," Cr Hansen said.

"Both intersections were identified as requiring reconstructive work in order to cope with forecast traffic volumes.

"The installation of traffic signals at the intersection with Ballantine Street, triggered by a development application condition, makes it safer for vehicles to enter and exit the shopping complex at 2 Chapman Drive.

"It will also provide a much improved environment in which to negotiate the intersection from all directions."

The Chapman Drive carriageway was identified as being in need of renewal and strengthening to address the effects of ageing infrastructure and increased traffic volumes.

Cr Hansen said the upgrade of the Chapman Drive and J Hickey Avenue intersection would enhance traffic flow.

"The upgrade will reduce queuing, and resulting traffic congestion, in the vicinity of St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School as well as provide improved bus service access," he said.

"The intersection upgrade will consist of alterations to existing traffic islands and line markings."

The project will also feature the installation of a 375mm water main, a project brought forward from future planned works in order to avoid disturbing the new roadwork.