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New approach to make Gin Gin safer

GIN Gin residents were happy to hear the federal and state governments announce the preferred design and alignment to improve safety on the Bruce Highway at the southern approach to the town.

Gin Gin Chamber of Commerce president Greg Collier said it was about time something was done about the dangerous road section.

“I think without a doubt something had to be done about the road structure,” he said.

“It’s pretty shocking.”

Mr Collier said the new approach would reduce accidents dramatically for more than 4000 motorists using the road each day.

“No one likes to see accidents happen, especially fatalities,” he said.

Bundaberg regional councillor Wayne Honor said the road had been a problem for more than 15 years.

“People will sleep easier and not be listening for those bangs and crunches,” Cr Honor said.

“The town have been nervous about a chemical roll-over that will put the town at risk as well as the town’s emergency crews.”

Mr Collier said the town would also reap the economic benefits.

“The town is kicking goals left, right and centre and it’s having a good time for growth,” he said.

“The new approach is going to be a bit clearer and the line of sight will be clearer, so people approaching will see it clearer and it will encourage people to stop,” he said.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the community played a key role in choosing the new alignment.

“The new highway alignment will see the elimination of tight curves at the Bundaberg–Gin Gin Road intersection and extra lighting and signage in a further boost to safety for motorists,” Mr Albanese said.

Information flyers will be sent to local residents, businesses and key stakeholders in the next few days.

The Federal Government has committed $20 million to the project under the Nation Building Program. Construction is expected to start by late 2012, weather permitting.

For more information about the Bruce Highway Gin Gin alignment visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au, email Bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au or call 1300 728 390.



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