Truckies can look forward to a safer, smoother run along the much-maligned Beaudesert-Nerang Road, south of Tabragalba in the Scenic Rim Region of South-East Queensland.
Local MP John Krause said it was a relief to to have the $12 million upgrade finished after four years of lobbying to get the road on the state government’s agenda.
“Now on to the next because I know we still have a long way to go when it comes to our roads!” Krause said on his Facebook page.
The surface of Beaudesert-Nerang Road was deeply rutted and cracked, but has now been rebuilt to be “smoother, stronger and wider” while also having improved flood immunity through upgraded roadside culverts.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the project complements other road investments currently underway in the region.
“Since 2013 the Australian Government has committed to delivering more than $14 billion in regional road improvements across Queensland, supporting more than 30,000 jobs and boosting the economy,” Buchholz said.
“We’ve already delivered the over $1 billion Toowoomba Bypass and funded 50 per cent of the Stoney Camp Road and Chambers Flat Road duplication of the Mount Lindesay Highway at Munruben, with an additional $53 million joint investment to follow for works between Johanna Street and South Street in Jimboomba.
“This builds on our previous investment of $16 million for Mount Lindesay Highway upgrades in North Maclean, and we are also jointly investing $150 million in various critical upgrades to the Cunningham Highway.
The $12 million project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
Funding for the Beaudesert-Nerang Road upgrade, from the Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road intersection to Boylands Drive intersection, included $6 million from the Australian and Queensland governments’ $415 million infrastructure investment response to COVID-19, and $6 million from the Queensland Government.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the state had contributed $6 million towards the works, as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $27.5 billion road and transport plan over the next four years.
“We are committed to keeping Queensland roads safe and reliable through important upgrades, like this one at Tabragalba,” Bailey said.