Logan City Council will install traffic lights at a busy four-way intersection at Bethania.
Albert Street, Station Road and the Logan River Road off ramp will undergo a $1 million upgrade and signalisation to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians.
The upgrade is part of a record $147 million roads expenditure in Council’s 2021/2022 Community and Lifestyles budget.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Council’s record roads and infrastructure spend covers major projects across the city including:
$38.5 million over two years: Upgrade of Chambers Flat Road from Kings Way to the Mt Lindesay Highway, Chambers Flat$37.5 million: Citywide pavement rehabilitation, asphalt and spray seal resurfacing$18 million: Stormwater drainage upgrades to Woodlands Drive catchment, Rochedale South$11 million: Kerbing and stormwater drainage upgrades to Gilmore Road, Berrinba$8.5 million: Kerbing and stormwater drainage upgrades to streets in Jimboomba$6.2 million: Scott Lane culvert replacement with a new concrete bridge, North Maclean (jointly funded under the Australian Government’s Bridge Renewal Program)$1.5 million over two years: Intersection upgrade and signalisation of Browns Plains Road, Campden Street and Scrubby Creek Road intersection, Browns Plains (jointly funded under the Queensland Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme)
Infrastructure Chair Councillor Teresa Lane said the intersection upgrade at Bethania will better connect the community while maintaining a high safety standard.
“Signalising the Albert Street, Station Road and the Logan River Road intersection will help traffic flow and make the journey safer for residents.
A record $147 million will be spent this year to make our roads safer.
“Works that will improve stormwater drainage will also give residents greater peace of mind during the wet season and storms.”
Division 6 Councillor Tony Hall said traffic lights would remove uncertainty that motorists and pedestrians face at the Albert Street-Station Road intersection.
“Fixing this intersection was one of my main priorities as a first-term Councillor,” Cr Hall said.
“I know from first-hand experience over a long time that these lights will make this intersection safer and there will be fewer accidents.
“The Mayor and my fellow Councillors understood the importance of getting this done as soon as possible. The result is a big win for Division 6.”
Rural road users are another big winner.
Council has increased funding for the Gravel Road and Sealed Shoulders (GRASS) program, which focuses on widening single-lane sealed roads to allow two-way traffic, increasing safety and reducing the frequency of repairs to the sealed edge.
An additional $500,000 has been added to the ongoing $1.46 million program to ensure upgrades under GRASS are rolled out to more parts of the City of Logan in 2021/2022.
Cr Lane said Council revitalised the GRASS program after feedback from this year’s Logan Listens: Residents Survey.
“Residents made it clear that maintaining roads and road shoulders was a priority for the community,” Cr Lane said.
“City of Logan is still home to a number of rural roads that while not heavily trafficked are important to the people that rely on them.”
Cr Lane said all road users would benefit from projects funded over the next year.
“Our roads are the economic and social arteries of the city and Council is committed to ensuring they are well maintained and as safe as possible.”
Council manages more than 2322km of sealed roads, 1317km of footpaths, 32,000 streetlights and 1293km of stormwater pipes.