MOTORISTS regularly using Mt Lindesay Highway between Gleneagle and Beaudesert are being warned to expect delays as construction begins on several highway upgrade projects.
As part of $4.1 million worth of improvements announced by the state government last week, work was scheduled to start on Monday to deliver a number of safety upgrades on the highway.
Preliminary work has began outside Gleneagle State School to construct a dedicated turning lane to make entry and exit safer for motorists, along with a dedicated right-turn lane at the nearby Veresdale Scrub Road intersection.
Changed traffic conditions including reduced speed limits will be in place between the two construction sites.
Construction on both projects will be carried out concurrently to minimise disruptions to motorists.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads said it will also begin construction of a right-turn lane at the Undullah Road intersection at Woodhill, which will include pavement widening.
All three projects are set to be completed by mid-2016.
The three projects, along with the installation of traffic lights at Camp Cable Road at Jimboomba, were the key recommendations contained in the findings of the Mt Lindesay Highway safety review released last week.
The improvements are an important step towards improving safety on the Mt Lindesay Highway.Minister Mark Bailey
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrades will improve traffic flow on sections of the highway.
Mr Bailey said once complete, the dedicated turning lanes would ensure a easier and safer commute for all road users.
“The improvements are an important step towards improving safety on the Mt Lindesay Highway,” he said.
A Main Roads spokesperson said line marking, minor drainage modification and enhanced signage along the highway would also be implemented.
The spokesperson said the state government was considering more funding for further improvements in the future.
Beaudesert MP Jon Krause welcomed the upgrades but said the state government needed to deliver more to ensure the highway was up to standard.