BEAUDESERT residents concerned about traffic issues on the Mount Lindesay Highway outside the high school can expect an end to the twice-daily bottleneck and pick up and drop off time, with the state government allocating budget funds to fix the problem.
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the upcoming road works were included in a $26. 9 billion transport and roads budget for Queensland.
"As part of a $4.8 billion joint stimulus package, we've locked in for more upgrades on the Mount Lindesay Highway, and to create jobs in construction," he said.
"This budget will also see $486,000 invested to improve car park safety on the Mount Lindesay Highway outside Beaudesert State High School.
"The proposed works include widening the school's car park exit to two lanes, installing pedestrian fencing, adding a southbound auxiliary lane, formalising several car park spaces and improving line marking and signs.
"Design is expected to start next year with construction in the new financial year."
Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause said he was pleased with the news.
"It looks like they are going to do what we've been asking for, and the past five years of lobbying has paid off," he said.
"I spoke to the Beaudesert Times about this back in 2015 but some people have been asking for this even longer than I have.
"People have approached me about this problem, where people turning right out of the school car park means people turning left are also stuck.
"They can't understand why such a small, common sense solution couldn't have been put in place sooner.
"Thanks to the school, the P&C and other members of the community who have helped me lobby for this."
Mr Bailey said the funds allocation was proof the Palaszczuk government's record on jobs for the region and the Mount Lindesay Highway.
"Unlike LNP and their new leader David Crisafulli who would've cut funding for the highway to pay for their puny, second M1 on the Gold Coast," he said. "It's the Palaszczuk government that has a 10-year plan for the highway. We've hit the halfway mark on that plan and we're committed to keeping that progress rolling."
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.