Cutting Force worked on the Calliope Crossroads project for 12 months, circa early 2013 until recently. Our work involved placing traffic loops, which required sawing the road at a certain width and depth in order to place the loops.
The Calliope Crossroads is located approximately 2km east of Calliope in Central Queensland. The intersection links the Bruce Highway, port and industrial facilities in Gladstone, established agricultural areas of the Callide and Dawson Valleys, and the developing Bowen Basin and Surat Basin coalfields. More than 8000 vehicles pass through the intersection each day. Construction began in August 2012 and will take up to two years to complete.
Key features of the design include:
- a 64m long Bruce Highway bridge over a widened Dawson Highway
- on/off ramps which form an interchange, with extended merging lanes on the Bruce Highway
- a dedicated loop ramp providing direct access for vehicles travelling from Gladstone onto the northbound Bruce Highway
- intersections between the Dawson Highway and the on/off ramps with traffic lights and dedicated turning lanes
- new and safer private property access with dedicated turning lanes on the Bruce Highway
- a shared pedestrian and bike path beside the Dawson Highway.
The upgraded intersection has been designed to cater for trucks and very large loads; both safety and travel times will be significantly improved. The speed limit on the Bruce Highway is expected to return to 100km/h when the upgrade is complete.
(Information via the Queensland Department Of Transport & Main Roads)