Video, photos: Milestone for Kin Kora roundabout
MOTORISTS should be happy to hear that today represented a significant step towards the completion of the Kin Kora roundabout, as the project moves towards signalisation.
Peter Trim from Transport and Main Roads Fitzroy said motorists should expect to see the new sets of lights at the intersection on Philip St and the Dawson Hwy by the end of the month - weather permitting.
"In the next month the roundabout will disappear," he said.
"We want to let motorists know there will be lots of changes happening over the coming weekends. Conditions will change and police will be involved as we complete the project."
The Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd officiated the milestone, saying the upgrade would benefit locals for years to come.
"It's the biggest intersection in Gladstone and with 45,000 people using it daily we know the traffic doesn't ease up. This will be something for the future," he said.
"Going back years ago the old set of lights was a bit of a hodgepodge. It restricted the traffic on Philip St and wasn't conducive for motorists getting access to the shops."
He complemented the work done by Shamrock Civil Engineering, saying the construction had been carried out with a minimum of fuss and had "virtually no effect on car accidents".
Mr O'Dowd said the upgrade to the intersection was necessary to clear up traffic, facilitate better access to the shops and allow for more development in the immediate area.
"The roundabout has stymied the development of the shopping centre and with the installation of the traffic lights we should see things improve," he said.
On social media, views were mixed about whether the upgrade to the roundabout was necessary.
Sandy Dillon wrote: "Big waste of money! All they needed to do was remove the huge plants so you could see what was coming."
Steve Snell wrote: "A return to the past. Lights didn't work before and won't work now."
But Pat Bunting thought the upgrade was for the best, writing: "The road works are going to be for the best. Some drivers can't obey road rules and signs regardless of what will be done. There will always be those you can never please."
The $25 million joint federal and state project is expected to be completed early next year.