Deadly intersection to be upgraded
WORK has started on a major upgrade of the deadly Bruce Highway intersection with the Wide Bay Highway near Bell’s Bridge, north of Gympie.
The intersection has been the site of a number of fatal and major car crashes in recent years, some involving heavy vehicles.
The intersection will eventually be by-passed when the Cooroy to Curra new multi-lane highway is completed, but the completion date for this project is still unclear.
Work started on the intersection last week and is expected to be completed in about two months.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesman yesterday said about $500,000 would be spent to improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection.
“The $486,000 upgrade project, which is being funded under the Federal Government’s Building Australia Program, will go towards widening the road, installing new traffic signs and improving street lighting at the intersection,” the spokesman said.
“Work began on the project last week and is expected to finish in August 2010, weather permitting.”
While the work is under way, drivers can expect changed traffic conditions. They are asked to show patience while travelling near the intersection and abide by all instructions from traffic controllers.