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Bruce Highway - Wide Bay Highway intersection upgrade

Overview:

The project involves upgrading the Bruce Highway and Wide Bay Highway intersection, north of Gympie.

Location:

Bruce Highway and Wide Bay Highway intersection, about 12km north of Gympie.

Completion:

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is re-evaluating its design for the Bruce Highway – Wide Bay Highway intersection upgrade based on community feedback. Preliminary design activities are now underway for a possible roundabout solution.

Funding:

$14 million ($2.8 million state, $11.2 million federal).

Regions:
North Coast and Wide Bay-Burnett Region - Wide Bay-Burnett District

Project info

Over the years, the community has raised concerns about safety and capacity of the Bruce Highway and Wide Bay Highway intersection.

Vehicles are experiencing long delays turning right out of Wide Bay Highway due to the high volumes of traffic on the Bruce Highway. This is of particular concern for heavy vehicles which require a larger gap in traffic to enter the traffic stream safely.

The initial recommended option involved implementing an at-grade ‘seagull configuration’ intersection. During consultation in late 2017, locals raised concerns about this option, particularly relating to driver inexperience in using this type of treatment.

Further investigations have since been undertaken to refine a preferred option that is better supported by the local community and will better meet the needs of current and future traffic volumes using the intersection.

The department is now undertaking preliminary design activities for a possible roundabout solution. The design activities will determine the layout and geometry of the proposed roundabout. This includes establishing the number of traffic lanes and the alignment of the new approaches and departures to and from the roundabout.

A roundabout will provide significant safety benefits by slowing down through traffic and reducing the number of simultaneous conflict points. A roundabout will also significantly reduce the risk and impact of T-bone (side impact) crashes, which have a higher potential of causing death or serious injury.

Community info

The department is committed to listening to stakeholders and values all community feedback. If you would like to provide feedback about the proposed roundabout solution, please contact the department using the contact details below.

Community and industry feedback will play an important role in refining the option and developing a final design that meets safety requirements and the community’s needs.

The project team is currently re-engaging and seeking feedback from adjacent landowners about the possible roundabout solution. The department will maintain contact with these stakeholders through the design process.

Contact details

Email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone 1300 728 390*
Post Locked Bag 486, Bundaberg Qld 4670
*Local call charge in Australia. Higher rates apply for mobile phones and payphones. Check with your service provider for call costs.
Last updated
12 December 2019