Concept drawing of the Gracemere industrial precinct overpass.
Concept drawing of the Gracemere industrial precinct overpass. Contributed

Premier reveals overpass plan

THE final plans for the $50 million Gracemere road and rail overpass have been released by the State Government.

Premier Anna Bligh released the new images and computer animation on Saturday while visiting the region.

“The project will eliminate two troublesome level crossings, help boost safety, and increase traffic flow along the Capricorn Highway,” she said.

“Pre-construction works are progressing well with drilling completed to assess foundation requirements and crews have started demolishing a Transport and Main Roads-owned property in the way of the overpass.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the highway and Malchi-Nine Mile Road intersection were selected and once the new overpass was completed, some level crossings at Somerset Rd and Malchi-Nine Mile Rd would be removed.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said the urgent need for this major infrastructure was driven by the frequency of near-misses between trains and trucks as vehicles crossed the rail line to access the industrial area west of Gracemere.

“Statistics released last year showed the Somerset Rd level crossing as one of the most dangerous in the state, with 39 near-misses reported in 12 months,” he said.

“Just last week there was a further near-miss reported at the Malchi-Nine Mile level crossing.”

The project is due to open in 2013.

Further information on the Gracemere Industrial Access Project is available at TMR.