AN EXTRA $20 million has been allocated in this year’s state budget to duplicate the Mount Lindesay Highway between Rosia Road and the Stoney Camp Road interchange.
The new grade-separated section plans to widen the road’s capacity to two lanes in each direction, extending the existing dual carriageway of the Mount Lindesay Highway by approximately one kilometre.
Minister for main roads and road safety Mark Bailey said the funding boost was a great result for the region in terms of safety and capacity on the critical transport corridor.
“Widening to four lanes an additional stretch of the Mount Lindesay Highway will not only improve safety, but also reduce congestion and ensure the highway can adequately cater to future traffic growth,” he said.
“Member for Logan Linus Power should be congratulated for his strong advocacy for upgrading the Mount Lindesay Highway, especially in this section.
“This project is proof of the Palaszczuk government’s commitment to improving capacity and boosting safety on the Mount Lindesay Highway, after the Newman-Nicholls government did nothing to improve the highway for three years despite having a record majority.”
Member for Logan Linus Power said the project would benefit communities across the region.
“This upgrade is a huge budget win for motorists in the Logan and Scenic Rim communities that will save lives and allow motorists to spend less time in the car and more time with family and friends,” he said.
“Traffic capacity will be improved as this project will extend the four-lane section of the highway that currently ends at Rosia Road.
“This will support the residential growth in the greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba areas and economic growth in Bromelton.
“Widening the highway will allow traffic to stay in the left lane all the way through to the exit at Stoney Camp and Granger roads, which will greatly improve safety.”
The Rosia Road to Stoney Camp Road interchange project is in addition to the $20 million project announced in March to improve safety on the Mount Lindesay Highway at North Maclean, a joint federal- and state-funded venture.
According to Mr Power, the North Maclean project includes a new service road from the existing grade-separated interchange at Chambers Flat Road to Greenbank Road, and will connect St Aldwyn Road and Wearing Road to the new service road, and a new signalised intersection at Greenbank Road.
“The North Maclean upgrade project will continue the highway service road network from Browns Plains and is part of long-term planning for the highway upgrade,” Mr Power said.
“Both upgrades will improve safety and efficiency and reduce serious crashes on the highway, which we can all agree, occur far too often.
“This is a victory and a recognition of the community campaign for more funding.”
Works on the North Maclean project are expected to start in the first half of 2018, with works on the Rosia Road to Stoney Camp Road interchange widening project to follow in mid-to-late 2018.