Work starts on dangerous stretch of Mount Lindesay Highway

WORK has begun to upgrade one of the worst stretches of the Mount Lindesay Highway.

UNDERWAY: Assistant Road and Transport Minister Scott Buchholz, Jordan MP Charis Mullen, Forde MP Bert van Manen, Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey and Logan MP Linus Power. Photo: Jacob Wilson

UNDERWAY: Assistant Road and Transport Minister Scott Buchholz, Jordan MP Charis Mullen, Forde MP Bert van Manen, Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey and Logan MP Linus Power. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Both sides of politics put aside political partisanship to celebrate the jointly funded $20 million upgrade to the North Maclean section of the highway on Wednesday.

Federal Assistant Roads and Transport Minister Scott Buchholz said he understood local people were sick and tired of the state and federal governments "pushing and shoving" each other over the highway. 

"This is the road I drive through to get to the airport from my office," he said.

"I feel the pain and frustration of traffic congestion.

"This is us making a commitment to address safety. If we take the crashes out of the scenario we get people to work quicker."

The project will connect St Aldwyn Road and Wearing Road to a service road joining to the Greenbank Road intersection.

Traffic lights will be installed on the Greenbank Road intersection, which was last year identified as the most deadly in Queensland by RACQ.

Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the West Logan community could expect to see more upgrades in the future.

"These upgrades form a vital part of a 10-year plan to improve safety and capacity on the Mount Lindesay Highway, and furhter cements our commitment to ensuring positive momentum for families who call this region home," he said.

Logan MP Linus Power said the project was a good outcome for motorists.

"I'm proud that we've been able to work with the community and take on board their feedback to deliver a better Mount Lindesay highway for the thousands of motorists who use this road every day

Forde MP Bert van Manen said he was pleased that a slip lane would be built past the St Aldwyn Road shopping Centre following community feedback.

The project is funded on an 80/20 basis with the federal government contributing $16 million and the state spending $4 million.

Last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised $30 million would be spent to further upgrade the highway.

A federal Infrastructure department spokesperson said it was anticipated the funding would be matched by the state government.

"The Australian Government is working with the Queensland Government to identify specific projects to be funded with this commitment," the spokesperson said.

The North Maclean Mount Lindesay highway upgrade is expected to be complete early next year.

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