TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR GYMPIE BYPASS WORKS
As construction on the new Gympie interchange progresses, finishing works are scheduled for Gympie Connection Road between 13 and 18 January 2024.
“The new Gympie interchange includes construction of two 130 metre dual lane bridges that carry the new Bruce Highway over Gympie Connection Road, and an upgrade of Gympie Connection Road at Victory Heights,” Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said today.
“The finishing works and traffic changes will be conducted in two stages.”
Stage 1 will see the intersection of Gympie Connection Road, Ascot Road and Old Goomboorian Road temporarily closed from 4.30pm on Saturday 13 January until 6pm on Sunday 14 January 2024.
A detour will be in place for residents of Old Goomboorian Road via Old Veteran and Sandy Creek Roads. Other road users are advised to use alternative routes.
Stage 2 will take place between 6am Monday 15 January and 6pm Thursday 18 January 2024. Gympie Connection Road will have one lane closed between Ascot and Old Goomboorain Roads and Browns Road.
Gympie Connection Road will be open to one direction of traffic at a time, controlled by temporary traffic signals. Lane closures, signage and reduced speed limits will be in place on Gympie Connection Road, with road users advised to seek alternative routes and allow extra travel time.
Access to properties will be maintained, however the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads has advised that residents may notice increased traffic and machinery travelling to and from the work zone and audible noise from the heavy machinery.
“The Gympie bypass is scheduled to open in late 2024, completing the four lane, 26 kilometre realignment of the Bruce Highway between Woondum and Curra which will reduce travel times, improve safety, and increase freight efficiency,” Mr O’Brien said.
“In 2018 the former Coalition Government allocated the $800 million for the Gympie bypass because this section of the Bruce Highway is rated as one of the deadliest along our national highway.”
“More than 11,000 vehicles travel on this part of the Bruce Highway every day and when completed, the Gympie bypass will eliminate eight sets of traffic lights and deliver four lanes along this new corridor to support the safe and efficient movement of cars and trucks, even when the Mary River floods.”