Logan mayor Darren Power welcomes $77.5 million dished out for upgrading roads, including Mount Lindesay Highway

BUSY: Congestion has long been a problem on the Mount Lindesay Highway.
BUSY: Congestion has long been a problem on the Mount Lindesay Highway.

LOGAN mayor Darren Power has welcomed millions in state government funding which is set to create jobs and aid COVID-19 recovery through much-needed road upgrades.

On Tuesday, the state government announced more than $400 million in road upgrades, including $77.5 million in Logan.

This includes $37.5 million for the jointly-funded Mount Lindesay Highway upgrade from Stoney Camp Road to Chambers Flat Road, $30 million for the Beaudesert Road and Illaweena Street intersection upgrade and $10 million for upgrading Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road.

Cr Power said council had long advocated for increased roads funding for the city.

"This will help unclog the bottlenecks that have strangled Logan's economy," he said.

"The timing couldn't be better as the city and the state prepares for the post-COVID-19 future where creating jobs and fostering economic growth is a priority.

"A solid roads network attracts investment in the city, especially large-scale logistics companies that are looking at Logan as a place to headquarter their operations."

City infrastructure chairperson Cr Teresa Lane said the construction phase would also provide a jobs boost.

"The state government says up to 127 jobs will be created by these works in Logan," Cr Lane said.

"That's just what the city needs right now - jobs and the sort of growth that leaves a positive and lasting legacy.

"The upgrade of the Beaudesert Road and Illaweena Street intersection is also a big win for safety in an area that is heavily used for school traffic."