Several road projects are underway across the City of Logan with a record $140 million roads and drainage spend by Logan City Council in the 2022/23 financial year.
The widening of Loganlea Road at $77.7 million is the major upgrade that is also being funded by the federal government.
Works across the city will prepare the network for serious growth, with the population set to almost double by 2041.
Many projects are ahead of schedule thanks to recent fine weather. With a relatively dry spring and summer forecast, that good headway should continue.
Loganlea Rd is being widened to six lanes from University Dr at Meadowbrook to the M1 at Slacks Creek.
Below the surface, extensive new drainage and almost 2km of electricity lines have been installed to improve safety, flood resilience and visual appeal.
Work will soon begin on widening the Ray Hodgson Bridge which spans Slacks Creek.
Council is spending $55.2 million on the Loganlea Rd upgrade. The project is receiving $22.5 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Infrastructure Investment Program.
Council’s 2022/23 roads delivery included:
- $58.3 million to resurface more than 290 streets
- $49.3 million on road upgrades to improve the network
- $5.6 million on the upgrade and enhancement of shared pedestrian paths and cycleways
- $4.3 million to upgrade bridges and stormwater drainage
The innovative resurfacing methods Council is employing at Mundoolun Road, Jimboomba, will pay dividends.
‘Foamed bitumen’ – made by injecting water into hot bitumen so it vaporises and expands the mixture by up to 15 times its original volume – was used to ensure a harder, more durable pavement which is more resilient to heavy rain.
This method allows vehicles to travel on the road sooner, with shorter road closures from flooding and less disruption for motorists.
The road will have wider lanes and shoulders, and improved intersections for drivers entering from side streets.
Additional street lighting and line marking are still to come.
Mayor Darren Power thanked motorists for their patience while essential upgrades were being undertaken.
“This is important work to prepare our roads network. It will cut travel times and congestion and allow drivers to get home safely, Cr Power said.
“I’d like to thank the Australian Government for its contribution to Loganlea Road and Mundoolun Rd upgrades.”
Division 9 Councillor Scott Bannan welcomed the work at Mundoolun Road.
“Council has done some cool work on this stretch of road to make it wider and safer,” Cr Bannan said.
“It’s one of my region’s busiest roads – 40,000 use it every week – so this is a terrific investment for our community.”
The Mundoolun Road project is jointly funded by Council and the Australian Government’s 2022/23 Roads to Recovery Program.