A MAJOR arterial connecting Mount Cotton and Redland Bay to Logan is set to receive safety upgrades worth $19.5 million after a funding deal was struck between the state and federal governments last week.
Redlands MP Kim Richards said the upgrades would improve safety at known crash locations along Beenleigh Redland Bay Road.
She said the funding would go towards widening roads, installing new safety barriers and increasing the space between centre lines.
Bowman MP Andrew Laming said the project would be a major boost for commuters, with work due to begin later this year.
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The federal government has committed $15.6 million to the project and the state government $3.9 million as part of an 80:20 funding agreement.
Beenleigh Redland Bay Road is set to become one of the main access points to the $2.3 billion Shoreline development near Serpentine Creek Road, which is expected to house about 10,000 people.
Mr Laming said the road works would ensure motorists using the arterial could get home safely.
"Beenleigh-Redland Road has been a priority for safety work, due to unsignalized intersections and the number of recreational cyclists," he said.
"The corners and crests have poor visibility at times due to the topography and higher speed limits."
Ms Richards said TMR had started planning for the project and under terms of agreement with the federal government, hoped to deliver funded upgrades by mid-2021.
"That planning and design is expected to be done by the end of September, and we're aiming to have contracts awarded and crews on site for the first project in October," she said.
Mr Laming said pushing the go button on projects like these would create more jobs for locals.
"I convey my thanks for the additional $3.9 million of state investment and their planning work which allows this project to get moving ASAP," he said.
Ms Richards said between this project and the upgrades to Cleveland-Redland Bay road, almost $80 million had been put towards two of the most well used roads in the Redlands.
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