Work on a major Logan Motorway entry and exit point has finished one month early.
Traffic lights have been installed at the Station Road and Jellicoe Street intersection at Loganlea to give motorists safer access to and from the motorway.
Council has also widened the road pavement, installed new turning lanes and cycle lanes, and installed new road drainage as part of the upgrade.
Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, formerly part of his division before boundaries were moved, said he snuck into Tony Hall’s electret because this is one of the big projects that council has been working on for the last four years.
“Back in 2016 just before the election there was a lot of concern about safety around this intersection and when I was elected I spoke to ambulance services and police about how many accidents we were having each month and each year and the numbers were really high.
“So originally council wasn’t going to upgrade this intersection till 2028 and when they got the extra data of how many accidents that were actually happening at this intersection they saw common sense and brought it forward and so it’s been delivered in 2020 bringing it forward by eight years.
“This was one of the biggest community consultation efforts we’ve ever done on an intersection upgrade as we got out there and spoke with all the people in the area including local businesses.”
Logan City Council City Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Teresa Lane said the $4.5million upgrade will greatly improve the safety and flow of traffic at the busy intersection.
“Regular users of this intersection will be delighted that they can now enter and exit the Logan Motorway in such a safe and efficient way,” Councillor Lane said.
“The timing couldn’t be better either with traffic volumes starting to return to normal as the result of Covid-19 restrictions being eased.
“Council and its delivery partners deserve full credit for completing these works ahead of schedule.”
Division 6 Councillor Tony Hall praised the economic benefits of the new intersection.
“It will speed up commute times for residents and crucially those businesses that rely on our road network,” he said.
“This is a benefit that will be felt for years to come especially as our division continues its growth.”
Doval Constructions partnered with Council to deliver the works.
The Federal Government contributed $1.4million towards the project, from its Roads to Recovery program.