Final Beaudesert bypass route released for 2016 construction

Final design released: The final design for the 1.5km town centre bypass shows there will be traffic lights at each end and a bridge over Spring Creek.
Final design released: The final design for the 1.5km town centre bypass shows there will be traffic lights at each end and a bridge over Spring Creek.

FINAL route plans for the $27.5 million Beaudesert town bypass show two sets of traffic lights, a bridge and six drainage culverts will be part of the 1.5km road.

The bypass will start at the Mt Lindesay Highway next to Enrights Sawmill on Helen Street and run through paddocks behind Helen Street and Hopkins Lane and across Spring Creek to Beaudesert-Boonah Road.

Traffic lights will be installed at each end of the bypass and the road, which is being built across a flood plain, will be significantly built up to the same level as surrounding roads.

Construction will start in 2016, with a construction contract expected to be awarded by mid-2016 and the bypass expected to open to traffic by mid-2017.

Up to 3000 vehicles are expected to use it each day when it opens in 2017 and up to 10,000 vehicles are expected to use it each day by 2031.

Currently Brisbane Street through Beaudesert CBD gets about 13,000 vehicles each day, with about 10 per cent of these being heavy vehicles, according to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Some movement is already happening to make way for the project, with property owners on Helen Street dismantling cattle yards and a shed to make way for the bypass to go through their property.

Bring it on: Everydays Cafe owner Andrena Ross, pictured with Division Four Cr Jennifer Sanders, cannot wait for construction to get under way.

Bring it on: Everydays Cafe owner Andrena Ross, pictured with Division Four Cr Jennifer Sanders, cannot wait for construction to get under way.

Main Roads staff door-knocked businesses in Beaudesert CBD on Thursday with Division Four Cr Jennifer Sanders to give business owners the final alignment maps, answer questions and spruik the bypass.

The information drew a mixed response, with some saying the bypass would improve the atmosphere and safety of Beaudesert CBD and others fearing a loss of business.

There were also safety concerns, which have previously been raised, about the bypass funneling heavy trucks to Beaudesert High, Wongaburra nursing home and Elysium Village retirement village.

Cr Sanders urged the community to focus on positive impacts like the bypass giving council more scope to beautify Beaudesert CBD.

“Change is difficult, I understand, and especially if it’s going to impact people possibly in a negative way but we’re going to try and talk through those issues,” she said.

“In a perfect world we would have had a different bypass going right across to Gleneagle but we just can’t and so we’ve done the best that we believe we can.”

The Department plans to eventually realign the Mount Lindesay Highway to go through Bromelton and completely bypass Beaudesert amid continued growth in Beaudesert and Bromelton, but no time frame has been set for that project.

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