Funding on the cards to widen Beaudesert State High School exit road

BOTTLENECK: The school zone in front of Beaudesert State High School may be widened to relieve traffic congestion.
BOTTLENECK: The school zone in front of Beaudesert State High School may be widened to relieve traffic congestion.

TRAFFIC congestion at Beaudesert State High School may be eased if funding from the School Transport Infrastructure Program comes through.

Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause has again called on the state government to take action to address congestion on the Mount Lindesay Highway by widening the exit at Beaudesert State High School - something he had argued in favour of for five years.

Mr Krause received notice recently that Main Roads would be seeking funding through the School Transport Infrastructure Program by the end of June to address the issues of traffic congestion at Beaudesert State High School.

"A positive step, but one that needs to now be backed by government funding," he said.

"If you have driven in the school zone in front of Beauy High then you would know what a bottleneck it is.

'What I'm proposing is simple - widen the exit so it can take a line of traffic turning left, and a line turning right - easing the build-up of cars inside the campus," he said.

Students had not been at school recently due to COVID-19, so the bottleneck had eased. However, Mr Krause feared when students returned to the classroom the congestion would be a problem again.

"I am listening to the concerns of parents, teachers and the community about safety and traffic congestion and have made numerous representations to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Minister for Education and the Main Roads District Director, asking them to fix the issue," he said.

According to a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson an application had been made for road safety improvements at the Beaudesert State High School including widening the exit of the car park and re-aligning the parking bays with dedicated right and left-lane options.

"Other treatments proposed include safety improvements for students, parents and carers when collecting students and school bus operators," he said.

The funding application is due for submission before the end of this financial year.