Mount Lindesay Highway repairs high priority, says minister

ROADWORKS: Motorists can expect traffic delays and road closures while road and highway repairs are carried out.
ROADWORKS: Motorists can expect traffic delays and road closures while road and highway repairs are carried out.

REPAIR work to the Mount Lindesay Highway has begun as part of the Commonwealth and Queensland Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery program.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said natural disaster reconstruction projects were being prioritised in a bid to help reduce the impact on affected communities.

“My department is committed to repairing the local road network as quickly as possible,” he said.

TMR promises a plan to fix a dangerous section of the Mount Lindesay Highway at Jimboomba is a step closer, with design contractors due to be on site in the coming weeks.

Logan MP Linus Power said the state government was injecting $20 million into widening the stretch of the highway between Johanna Street and Camp Cable Road from two to four lanes, forming part of a larger $74 million dollar package for the highway.

“Our number one priority is the safety of the community, so that’s why we’re getting on with improving this major arterial road,” he said.

“The height of the road will be increased to boost flood immunity, too.”

Mr Bailey said the road was notorious for crashes and needed attention.

‘‘This section will remain the primary north-south road transport link for the Logan West area for quite some time which is why planning and future-proofing is essential,” he said.

Mr Power said shovels would hit the ground soon.

“With design underway, we’re expecting construction to start next year,” he said.

“We’ll continue to consult with locals during the process.”

The highway works already underway include $20 million Park Ridge between Rosia Road to Stoney Camp Road and $14 million South Maclean safety improvements.

The complete package of works is tipped to be finished by 2020/21.

Mr Bailey said roadworks were also underway on Tamborine Mountain Road between Cedar Creek Falls Road and Eagle Heights Road

He said the works, worth $1.73 million would reduce the risk of crashes on the well-travelled tourist route.

‘‘The first stage of works will involve more than $720,000 in works including installation of erosion protection matting and steel wire mesh as well as making improvements to existing culverts, rock scaling and drainage works,” he said.

“Slope stabilisation treatments will also need to be carried out.

‘‘This will involve inserting soil nails into the slope below the road to provide added protection to the slope.”

Meantime, repairs in response to damage caused by ex-Cyclone Debbie are progressing well on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, Lamington National Park Road, Currumbin Creek-Tomewin Road (Tomewin Mountain Road) and Beechmont Road while works will commence shortly on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road.

Mr Bailey said the Tamborine Mountain works would take about four months to complete, weather permitting. 

“We thank the community for their patience as we carry out these important works to improve safety along this section,” he said.

‘‘Motorists are encouraged to pay attention to changing traffic conditions and speed limits while works are underway.’’

Motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes with traffic control in place.