Logan pushes for Mt Lindesay Highway’s fair share
The Logan community is speaking up to get one of Queensland’s most dangerous roads fixed.
The Mt Lindesay Hwy supports approximately 40,000 vehicles daily, and this is expected to grow to almost 65,000 in just 12 years’ time.
City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said the highway needed to be recognised as a ‘road of national significance’ while priority funding was also urgently required to deliver a coordinated fix.
“Over the years, there has been a series of smaller funding announcements from the Queensland Government and Australian Government for the highway, but there is still no end-to-end solution,” she said.
Logan City Council’s #fairshare4logan campaign is urging the community to lobby candidates in the federal seats of Forde, Rankin and Wright to make commitments about the highway and the Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail.
“For us, there are two key factors that elevate Mt Lindesay Highway’s need for a proper solution,” Cr Dalley said.
“From a safety perspective, the RACQ says the stretch from Park Ridge to Beaudesert is one of the most dangerous in Queensland.
“There are numerous speed zones, so you will travel at speeds ranging from 60km/h to 100km/h, but drivers also have to deal with the frustration of navigating school zones with pedestrian crossings, multiple T-intersections, traffic lights, limited overtaking lanes and inconsistent signage, among other issues.
“That’s not good enough. People are just going about their business and deserve better. They don’t deserve to die, they don’t deserve to be seriously injured.”
The highway is also a crucial transport route for South-East Queensland’s economic growth, Cr Dalley said.
“It is a major connector to and from the Bromelton State Development Area and future North Maclean Industrial Area, which are both anticipated to become major employment nodes,” she said.
“It is the most important north/south link in the south western corridor of the region.
“Residents have been told that upgrades were going to happen for more than 20 years. It’s time for Logan to get its fair share; our population is booming.”
Cr Dalley urged residents to tell their local candidates and party leaders that the Mt Lindesay Hwy was a vital issue.
- The highway was the third worst road in Queensland in RACQ’s Unroadworthy Roads Survey 2018.
- From 1 January 2010 to 30 September 2018 (eight years, eight months), on Mt Lindesay Hwy from Browns Plains Rd to the Queensland/New South Wales border, there were:
- 535 crashes
- 15 fatalities
- 366 people hospitalised.
- Safety issues are caused by traffic conditions not usually present on a highway including:
- numerous speed zones along the length of the highway, ranging from 60km/h to 100km/h
- bus stops, many of which are not sufficiently indented from the flow of traffic
- a pedestrian crossing used by children to access Jimboomba State School
- multiple T-intersections in close proximity to each-other, impacting on the flow of traffic
- limited overtaking lanes
- lack of off-road breakdown and enforcement bays
- inconsistency in signage that is either insufficient, not installed correctly or not rationalised (too much signage making it confusing)
- direct access from private residential properties onto the highway.