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Kirkwood Road Project
The $25.3 million federally funded Kirkwood Road Stage 3 project, a new 2.3 kilometre road connects Gladstone-Benaraby Road with the Dawson Highway.
This third and final stage continues on from Stage 2, which opened to traffic in February 2009, completing the strategic ring road providing access to several major industrial areas as well as linking Port Curtis Way with the Bruce Highway.
Stage 3 of Kirkwood Road opened to light vehicle traffic in April 2012 and in late May was registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads as a Multi-Combination Route in Queensland for use by 23m and 25m doubles.
The full extent of Kirkwood Road now provides a more direct access to the expanding Port of Gladstone and the Aldoga industrial development areas bypassing the central areas of the city.
The road will also take congestion off the Kin Kora roundabout and provide shorter travelling times between Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Gladstone.
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IPWEAQ Award submission
Council has nomintated the Kirkwood Road project for the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Queensland Division (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards. To view a copy of the submission click here.
Gladstone-Benaraby Road traffic changes near Kirkwood Road intersection
Motorists using Gladstone-Benaraby Road temporarily used a newly formed section of road near the Kirkwood Road intersection from mid-February. As works in the area progressed, the traffic change was accompanied by single lane operations, further speed reductions and traffic delays. Works included drainage, underground conduits and light foundations and pavement works followed by a bitumen seal of the area on February 17 in readiness for it to sustain traffic flow on February 20. In preparation for continuing works, traffic conditions near the intersection altered with northbound and southbound traffic directed to the newly formed road on the western side. At the time of construction no traffic acces was permitted in or out of Kirkwood Road. Read more
Kirkwood Road access to Gladstone-Benaraby Road temporarily closed, July 2011
Kirkwood Road access to Gladstone-Benaraby Road was temporarily closed to all traffic as of July 31, 2011. The decision to effect a full road closure was made due to safety concerns as works progress at the intersection of Kirkwood and Gladstone-Benaraby Road. This decision was reviewed as construction progressed. See Kirkwood-Gladstone-Benaraby Intersection diagram and Kirkwood-Glenlyon intersection diagram.
Works duration - Council constructed the intersection on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads with the Gladstone-Benaraby Road/Kirkwood Road access open to passenger vehicles on April 20, 2012.
What was involved? - Pre-load work at the site involved placing earthworks on the adjacent mudflats. This process squeezed out the unstable water and mud on the site with the earthworks then providing a solid foundation to support the construction of a northbound left-hand turning lane into Kirkwood Road. The pre-load, together with the extension of drainage structures, took two to three months to complete with about a further three to four months required for the earthworks to settle. Earthworks were monitored throughout the settling process and when movement within the preload reached predetermined levels the final phase of the project started.
The final phase - This was expected to take a further two to three months to complete and consist ed of pavement and asphalt, construction of the turning lane and the installation of traffic lights, drainage structures and medians.
Reduced speed zones - These were in place in proximity to the work area on Gladstone-Benaraby Road. Reduced speed zones were in place in the vicinity of the intersection with Kirkwood Road and were strictly enforced day and night. Motorists were urged to be aware of constantly changing traffic conditions as the project progressed and of the greater presence of workers and heavy machinery throughout the work site. Delays were expected. Speed limits of 40kph were signed where works were in close proximity to workers and traffic controllers will be utilised.
Overtaking lanes - The northbound and southbound overtaking lanes on Gladstone-Benaraby Road were closed indefinitely.
Major road network milestone
A significant milestone was achieved for Gladstone’s major road network with the upgrading of a significant section of Glenlyon Road. Works on the Glenlyon approaches to the Kirkwood Road intersection completed significant safety and capacity improvements cater for increasing traffic on two major city routes, Glenlyon/Hanson Road and Kirkwood Road. Works in the area of the Kirkwood and Glenlyon Road intersection included kerb, footpaths, asphalt, sealing, installing of guardrails, erection of traffic lights and light poles.
The original Kirkwood Road Structure Plan was developed by Gladstone City Council in 2004, to cater for the expected population increase of more than 5000 people and provide a blue print for the connection of emerging and future south western suburbs.
The overall project consists of 3 stages:
Stage 2 is a key component providing a heavy vehicle bypass and an alternative entry to the CBD from the city’s newer suburbs.
This was a key milestone for Council and the community providing a future link between Dixon Drive in Telina to Glenlyon Road via Kirkwood Road.
This Stage offers a strategic connection between the Emmadale Gardens area and Glenlyon Road with motorists able to drive from the Dawson Highway, west of the city, to Glenlyon Road, south of Gecko Valley Estate.
Kirkwood Road Project News Archive
Kirkwood Road inspection high on visiting Minister’s agenda
MAY 23, 2011: Inspection of the $25.3 million federally funded Kirkwood Road Stage 3 project was high on the agenda of Federal Minister for Regional Australia Simon Crean during his visit to Gladstone on Thursday.
At completion, the 2.3km Kirkwood Road, connecting Gladstone-Benaraby Road with the Dawson Highway will be utilised as one of the city’s major arterial roads, providing an alternate heavy vehicle route to the State Development and Port areas to the north-west of the city.
A council delegation including Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers, Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett, Chief Executive Officer Graeme Kanofski and Director of Infrastructure Services Ross Paroz accompanied Mr Crean on a bus tour inspection of the works.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said Mr Crean had acknowledged the project’s ability to deliver enormous benefits to the region.
“We were able to drive the Kirkwood Road Portion A section from Glenlyon Road through to the rail over pass, which is nearing completion, sealed and trafficable,” Cr Sellers said.
“Together with Portion B, the intersection with Glenlyon Road and Portion C providing the link with Gladstone-Benaraby Road, when completed will provide a vital infrastructure link for Gladstone as a connecting ring road route.
“The bus tour provided a clear snapshot of the importance of the federally funded project and Council working together with the Australian Government to deliver critical infrastructure for this high growth region.”
Following the tour Mr Crean spoke at the 2011 Economic and Regional Development Conference in Gladstone.