Done correctly, road train plan will benefit all - grazier
AS PUBLIC concern grows of the proposed beef road-train route through Rockhampton, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has revealed further details about the $30 million plan.
Concerns were raised regarding traffic flow, noise, smell and changes to major intersections.
As part of the Queensland State Infrastructure Plan released this week, $10 million was committed to upgrade two intersections at Moores Creek Rd and Musgrave St and Queen Elizabeth Dr and Lakes Creek Rd.
The upgrades will form stage one of a $30 million plan to allow type one road train access between Gracemere and the Rockhampton abattoirs.
At the intersection of Moores Creek Rd and Musgrave St, the department advised works would include the extension of turning lanes on Moores Creek Rd, relocation of traffic lights and resurfacing.
While at Queen Elizabeth Dr and Bridge St, turning lanes will be extended, concrete islands removed, traffic lights relocated and roads resurfaced.
They were unable to provide any graphics or detailed plans as the six-month design phase had just been confirmed.
Construction is expected to start in 2017, but this has not been confirmed.
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Upgrades are also expected at Frenchmans Creek Bridge on Lakes Creek Rd, the intersection of Lakes Creek Rd and Thozet Rd and Gracemere's saleyards intersection.
On The Morning Bulletin's website, Mark Driscoll praised the announcement.
The grazier from Bauhinia, 100km west of Moura, said animal welfare, worker safety and industry efficiency would be improved as a result.
"Done correctly, using curfew time zones this will save not only countless millions of dollars to the cattle industry but improve out of sight the safety aspects of not having to cross load cattle at Gracemere," he wrote.
"This will not only cut the number of truck movements through Rockhampton down substantially but also reduce truck noise because of less frequent movements."
The Morning Bulletin will endeavour to talk with beef industry representatives regarding curfew times for road trains.