No plans to bring forward upgrade

MOTORISTS driving along the Bruce Highway from Traveston to Sankeys Road have likened driving through night works to driving through a nightclub.

With flashing police and orange safety lights and spotlights, drivers say it is hard to see the road and confusing to drive through the stretch.

This week the Department of Transport and Main Roads opened a new two kilometre section of highway and have closed an old section while they undertake works.

But the new section is still undergoing construction at night.

Yesterday a departmental spokesperson responding to questions from The Gympie Times said lighting during night works was necessary to ensure clear visibility and safe navigation of the construction zone for both roadworkers and motorists.

“The type of lighting used shines down and across the road, not into the oncoming traffic,” the spokesperson said.

But the department refused to say whether they were concerned for people’s safety after concerns the lights were confusing and blinding. The spokesperson could not say when work was likely to start on the rest of the highway upgrade in light of the RACQs calls to bring forward the works and yesterday’s crash.

“The Federal Government has committed $200 million to planning and land acquisition for Sections A, C and D (of the upgrade). Timing of construction is dependent on available funding from the Federal Government.”

Information about the traffic switch can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/cooroytocurra or by calling 1800 180 566.

Gympie Times


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