TWO key road projects gained the seal of approval from the state government in last week’s budget.
Jointly funded with the federal government, the state would pitch in $1 billion to continue upgrading the Pacific Motorway between Daisy Hill and Logan Motorway.
The budget also guaranteed $75 million to build additional lanes along the Mount Lindesay Highway, between Stoney Camp Road to Chambers Flat.
Although not yet impacting the Logan area, more than $2 billion was committed to stage 1 of the Coomera to Nerang component of the Coomera Connector.
The next phase of the major road project is slated to run through Eagleby Wetlands and is at the centre of a local campaign to have it moved, or at least altered in order to protect native flora and fauna.
Roads minister Mark Bailey noted the M1 upgrade as a highlight of the $29.7 billion roads budget, a seventh record spend in a row.
“Driving from Coolangatta to Coolum, Queenslanders can see just how many major upgrades are going on through that corridor,” he said.
“On top of that, we’re building a brand new highway, the Coomera Connector, which will deliver a second M1 between Logan and the Gold Coast, and will be the biggest road project in Queensland’s history.
“That’s the major work we are delivering right now, while also planning for the future with a range of planning studies and business cases funded through this budget to detail what’s needed next across the region.”