WATCH: TMR work to reduce delays at Kin Kora intersection

Kin Kora road works : Traffic was flowing relatively well this afternoon at the Kin Kora intersection.
Kin Kora road works : Traffic was flowing relatively well this afternoon at the Kin Kora intersection.

 

TRAFFIC was backed up along Dawson Hwy this afternoon for the second day in a row after the installation of the Kin Kora intersection.

Traffic was flowing steadily from 2.50-3.20pm with most motorists only having to stop once before making it through the intersection. 

But at 3.30pm the westbound traffic on Dawson Hwy began to back up, with congestion reaching the Blain Dr roundabout.

The traffic took at least 20 minutes to remove the backlog.

Yesterday, traffic went half-way to the Penda Ave roundabout but that was due to the lights being stuck on red, requiring police to direct traffic.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is aware of the increased delays experienced by motorists since the traffic lights were installed at the Kin Kora intersection.

This has been caused by the vehicle detectors within the road failing to identify vehicles as they approach the intersection and the need for minor changes to the signal timing to accommodate changes in traffic flow.

TMR officers have been working to resolve the traffic signal timing and motorists should experience improved traffic flow when using the intersection.

Works, including constructing the traffic islands and medians, bus shelters adjacent to Stockland Gladstone and access in front of Lions Park, are yet to be completed.

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The final driving surface with linemarking also needs to be completed across the full extent of the project, which will be one of the final activities undertaken in early 2016.

In a statement they said: "The full benefits of the Kin Kora intersection upgrade, include reduced travel times and improved road safety, will be realised on completion of the project in early 2016".