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Work starts on Bruce Hwy upgrade south of Gympie

Patrick Woods

A BURST of activity on the Bruce Hwy south of Gympie will produce a safer stretch of road near the Gold Nugget service station and is a win for people power.

The construction work is tied in with the start of the Section C, Traveston to Woondum phase of the Cooroy to Curra Bruce Hwy upgrade.

The Gympie Times has campaigned hard for the improvements near the service station, joined by Gympie MP Tony Perrett when he was deputy mayor, chief ambulance officer Wayne Sachs, police inspector Jon Lewis, Queensland Main Roads officials, Madills Gympie's John Madill and Stephen Thorn, and former MP David Gibson.

Passionate highway safety advocate, Mr Sachs, welcomed the start of the work.

"To be honest, I am tickled," he said. "I just drove through (on Tuesday) and it is fantastic to see that stretch being fixed."

Mr Sachs met with then LNP State Government Transport Minister Scott Emerson in early August last year, leading to the formation of a stakeholders group and traction on the project.

"I take my hat off to Scott Emerson," Mr Sachs said. "He was approachable, understanding and sympathetic.

"It pays to open your mouth, although my wife may disagree (at times), and lives will be saved."

Work on the upgrade commenced late last month and is expected to be finished by mid-2016.

Improvements between Woondum and the Six Mile Creek Rest Area include widening works, installing a raised centre median and installing dedicated turning lanes at the Keefton Rd and Six Mile Creek Rest Area intersections.

Importantly, access to the Gold Nugget service station will be improved, including protected entry lanes.

Work will also be undertaken at the Venardos Avenue intersection under the Safe Roads Sooner program.

Left and right-turn lanes into Venardos Avenue will be installed, separating through and turning traffic, and improvements to visibility for motorists entering the highway from the industrial estate.

Motorists are asked to plan for small delays.

Gympie Times

Topics:  bruce highway, infrastructure, road safety, roadworks




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