Matilda upgrade to start

THE design for a $1.8 million upgrade to improve safety at the Bruce Highway and Matilda Service Station is in its final stages.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the federally funded project would improve visibility for vehicles leaving the Matilda Service Station and turning right to travel south on the Bruce Highway.

"The upgrade project includes constructing a new dedicated off-ramp for northbound traffic to safely exit the highway, improving the visibility for vehicles leaving the service station," Mr Albanese said.

"Before major works can begin in early next year, electrical and lighting work will need to be completed.”

Electricians will be onsite from Sunday night with the work expected to take about one week to complete, weather permitting.

The upgrade follows an appeal to improve the safety of the black spot by Gympie’s Lesley Carlson, the mother of 19-year old Brad Garard who was killed as he pulled onto the Bruce Highway out of the Matilda Service Station into the path of an oncoming truck on May 2.

Safety campaigner and truck driver Brendan Blatchly walked up and down Mary Street in Gympie collecting signatures on a petition calling for the intersection to be improved.

The Gympie Times graphically demonstrated the danger by publishing photographs that showed visibility was compromised under certain circumstances.

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