New lane on highway will improve safety near landfill

GLADSTONE Regional Council will construct a deceleration lane to the south of the entrance to Benaraby Landfill along the Bruce Highway to improve safety.

Council's Engineering Services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said the 85m deceleration lane would provide a safer turning arrangement at the intersection of the Bruce Hwy and Jono Porter Drive, which is the entry point off the highway into Benaraby Landfill.

Cr Hansen said the council had received approval from Transport and Main Roads to construct the lane.

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"Recent upgrading works undertaken by TMR between the Boyne River and Station Creek bridges has provided greater safety for landfill users on the highway travelling from north to south," he said.

"A deceleration lane south of the intersection will enable vehicles travelling to Benaraby Landfill from Tannum Sands or southern parts of the region to exit the highway via a designated lane.

"Considering the majority of traffic to Benaraby Landfill includes larger vehicles and vehicles with trailers, this lane will enable a safer exit off the highway."

The construction work will be carried out by the council's road services workforce.