Safer travels near
THE Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd will soon be much safer for the thousands of people who travel it each day with the completion of new overtaking lanes fast approaching.
A $10.7 million project to construct two overtaking lanes near Sharon began in June and the work is on track to be completed by the end of the year, according to a Transport and Main Roads spokesman.
Construction of a 1.6km east-bound lane between Lerches and Bayliss Rds and a 1.12km westbound lane located west of the township of Sharon started in June 2011," the spokesman said.
"The works are being carried out by RoadTek Asset Services South and are expected to be finished by the end of the year, weather permitting."
About 5400 vehicles use the stretch of the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road each day, with 8% of those being heavy vehicles.
"This project is designed to improve traffic safety and efficiency along the road, which is experiencing continued growth in traffic volumes," the spokesman said.
"The overtaking lanes will provide additional opportunities for motorists to safely overtake slow-moving vehicles and reduce the number of risky passing manoeuvres."
Also included in the project are upgrades to the Lerches and Bayliss Rds intersections, with a one metre-wide painted centre median to increase the distance between opposing directions of traffic. About 72 jobs will be created over the life of the project.