Traffic chaos on Mt Lindesay Highway endangering lives

ADVOCATING: Logan mayor Luke Smith, Cr Trevina Schwarz, Hetty Johnston and Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen at the launch. Photo: Christine Rossouw
ADVOCATING: Logan mayor Luke Smith, Cr Trevina Schwarz, Hetty Johnston and Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen at the launch. Photo: Christine Rossouw

SCENIC Rim Mayor Greg Christensen on Monday joined Logan Mayor Luke Smith, Logan Councillor Trevina Schwarz and Cedar Creek resident and community advocate Hetty Johnston in calling on the federal government to upgrade the Mt Lindesay Highway to national status and prioritise its funding.

Cr Smith has said road users in south west Logan are being endangered by a transport network that can no longer cope with increasing traffic volumes.

The Mt Lindesay Highway, through the high-growth corridor of Jimboomba, has been recognised by the Queensland government and RACQ as one of the most unsafe roads in Queensland. 

Besides the Warrego and Bruce Highways, it has the highest fatal and serious crash rate per kilometre in the state.

It's a major highway, not a country byway, and the improvement of the route is not keeping pace with current growth

Cr Greg Christensen

Every day at least 42,000 vehicles travel south on the highway, from Browns Plains towards the growing suburbs of Flagstone and Yarrabilba, interstate destinations, and growing industrial developments near the inland port of Bromelton. 

The Queensland government review of the highway, which was released in March this year, found the highway had one of the highest crash rates in Queensland, with the lack of overtaking opportunities fuelling poor driver behaviour, tailgating, and speeding, especially through 40km/h school zones.

Cr Christensen, said the Mt Lindesay Highway has grown into a major highway and it needed to be treated that way.

"It's a major highway, not a country byway, and the improvement of the route is not keeping pace with current growth,” he said

"Governments need to think beyond Bardon and Bulimba when it comes to transport planning for the 'Brisbane network' and consider communities in the corridors to Beaudesert and Boonah, which are just over an hour from the city centre.”

Federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz and federal member for Forde Bert van Manen have pledged to provide $10 million to help address short-term congestion and safety issues on the highway under a re-elected Coalition government. But chair of Logan County Safe City Group, David Kenny said Mt Lindesay Highway required a comprehensive plan, not band-aid solutions.