Construction has begun on upgrade works designed to improve safety on the Mount Lindesay Highway in Logan, Queensland.
The upgrades are located on the North Maclean section of the highway, just south of Brisbane.
The $20 million Greenbank Intersection Upgrade of the Mount Lindesay Highway is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $16 million and the Queensland Government committing the remainder.
This section of the upgrade is expected to be complete by early 2020, weather permitting.
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, said the project would improve traffic conditions at North Maclean, with new signals enhancing safety for more than 20,000 vehicles per day.
“Once the Greenbank Intersection of the Mount Lindesay Highway Upgrade is complete, the community will be connected with the new service road linking St Aldwyn Road and Wearing Road with a new signalised intersection on the Mount Lindesay Highway at Greenbank Road,” Mr Tudge said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said upgrading the Mount Lindesay Highway was key for the state’s growing south east corner.
“These upgrades form a vital part of a ten-year plan to improve safety and capacity on the Mount Lindesay highway, and further cements our commitment to ensuring positive momentum for families who call this region home,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Queensland Government has invested more than $100 million towards the Mount Lindesay Highway since 2015, and these works mark another milestone in delivering for motorists from North MacLean to the border, and for our vital freight and agriculture industries.”
Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport and Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz, said the Federal Government was committed to improving road safety in the growing Logan region.
“Locals know this intersection is a major trouble spot every single day, with near misses and tragically accidents part of the daily commute,” Mr Buchholz said.
“The new signalised intersection at Greenbank Road will enable locals to safely access businesses, get to work and get home again by minimising conflicting traffic movements and therefore increasing safety.”
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen, said that community feedback had been invaluable in the planning of the upgrades.
“Following community feedback and recommendations from a safety review undertaken in 2015, I’m pleased to say that there will be a dedicated slip lane just past the St Aldwyn shopping precinct,” Mr van Manen said.
State Member for Logan, Linus Power, said the project was a great outcome for local residents in the North MacLean area.
“As one of the fastest growing regions in south east Queensland, it’s great to see this project get underway which will improve safety and make sure local families can get home safely,” Mr Power said.
“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, and the residents who call it home.”