Targeted funds flow to Mount Lindesay Highway

TRANSPORT Minister Mark Bailey has announced more than $14.3 million will be allocated to safety upgrades for the Mount Lindesay Highway under the Queensland government's targeted road safety program.

SAFETY FUNDS: The Mount Lindesay Highway will get more than $14.3 million in safety upgrades.

SAFETY FUNDS: The Mount Lindesay Highway will get more than $14.3 million in safety upgrades.

The upgrade funding is scheduled to go ahead this year and includes intersection upgrades, installation of safety barriers, line marking and hazard removal.

Traffic lights will be installed on Spring Street and Cedar Vale Cedar Grove Road and a channelised right turn will be installed on Round Ridge Road.​

Mr Bailey said the program targeted stretches of road which were notorious crash sites.

"My department identified 26 sections of the state-controlled road network, each about 20 kilometres in length, that are known locations for crashes," Mr Bailey said.

"While these sections or road represent only 1.4 per cent of Queensland's state-controlled road network, they account for about 10 per cent of the state's fatal and serious injury crashes.

"Safety is the Palaszczuk government's motivation for continuing to commit funding to upgrade roads and work toward our target of no fatalities on Queensland highways."

Road upgrades are funded from revenue collected from speed and red light offences.

The Mount Lindesay Highway is one of a few Queensland highways which has point-to-point speed cameras installed from Park Ridge South to Jimboomba.

The program will support 91 jobs in regional Queensland during construction.

The program includes $112 million of funding to upgrade nine high risk roads, including Beaudesert-Nerang Road ($4.9 million) and Mount Cotton Road ($2.359 million) over the next three years.

This comes as Queensland's peak motoring body, RACQ's 2018 annual report found Logan motorists were spending an average of 13 days stuck in traffic on the commute to Brisbane per year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $30 million of federal funding would be spent on the Mount Lindesay Highway in a pre-election pitch on February 1.

Logan City Council Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley has called for the Mount Lindesay Highway to be declared a road of national importance in the hope it will attract more federal funding.

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