Crossroads speed to be reduced

MOTORISTS on the Bruce Highway will soon have to slow down to 60km/hr as they approach the Calliope Crossroads.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said Transport and Main Roads recently installed a traffic management camera at the Calliope Crossroads (intersection of the Dawson and Bruce Highways).

“This enables us to monitor the camera and observe traffic behaviour at this intersection and determine if any short-term safety improvements can be implemented,” he said.

“As an interim measure the department will reduce the speed limit to 60km/h on the Bruce Highway section of this intersection by the end of this month.”

He said the camera was able to zoom in and out, rotate 360 degrees and operate through a closed computer system which could only be accessed by departmental staff.

Mr Wallace said the use of temporary mobile traffic signals was investigated but was ruled out as a means of improving safety under normal intersection operation.

“However, when construction of the overpass is under way temporary traffic signals may be used for traffic management purposes,” he said.

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham had raised the need for funds to redevelop the Kin Kora roundabout, at the Dawson Highway/Philip Street intersection leading up to the budget.

However, there was no funding allocated in the budget this week for any investigations into redeveloping this intersection.

Mr Wallace said the department continues to monitor the state-controlled road network and is looking at different options to improve the Kin Kora roundabout in Gladstone.

“At this stage the department is in the preliminary planning phase to determine the most suitable long-term option for this intersection,” he said.

“Several options will be evaluated as part of this planning phase and permanent traffic signals will be considered as part of this process.”