LOGAN will be better prepared to confront extreme flooding events as a result of a $500,000 expansion to the Flooded Road Smart Warning System leading up to cyclone season.
Forde MP Bert van Manen and Logan City Council representatives met at Logan Reserve Road on Thursday, November 7, to inspect one of the 21 sings installed on flood-prone roads.
Both levels of government contributed $250,000 towards expanding the program.
Logan City Council received additional funding from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to increase the number of smart warning signs to 92 by Easter next year.
Mr van Manen said the smart warning signs would prevent drivers from driving into potential floodwaters on dark and rainy nights.
"The automatically activated lights warn drivers to steer clear of flooded roads, and the smart system updates flood information on the Logan City Council website," he said.
Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the Flooded Road Smart Warning System improved community safety since the last major flooding event hit Logan in 2017.
"When Cyclone Debbie flooded roads across Logan in 2017, no vehicles drove onto floodwaters at sites where the smart warning systems had been installed," Mr Tudge said.
Logan City Council's acting director of Roads and Water, Daryl Ross, said the upgraded program would save lives.
"The flooded road warning system is a vital tool in strengthening our resilience to flood events - when a road floods, these signs will trigger," Mr Ross said.
"More of these signs in our city means we are on better footing ahead of storm season."
The Flooded Road Smart Warning system was recognised for Excellence in Road Safety the 2019 Institute Public Works Engineering Australasia Awards.
The program was developed in partnership between Logan City Council and Griffith University researchers.
It was delivered with support from Logan social enterprise Substation33.