Belivah Creek will be given a lift – literally – with a new raised causeway the feature of a 750m stretch of roadwork along Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road between Stubbin Street and Armstrong Road.

The current causeway often goes under water during rain, causing a busy road to close.

Member for Logan Linus Power said Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road was one of the busiest rural arterial roads in Queensland, serving as a major tourist, transport, and freight route.

Member for Macalister Melissa McMahon said the project had been brought forward due to a $400 million Covid stimulus package.

“TMR is also finalising designs for a separate $10 million upgrade on Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road between Milne Street and Tallagandra Road in Mount Warren Park, so there is significant funding being invested to make this key road safer and more flood resilient,” she said.

Ms McMahon said the upgrade between Stubbin Street and Armstrong Road would cater for bike riders and crossing wildlife.

“The road shoulder will be widened to provide space for bike riders, while new guardrail and line-marking, and safer entry and exit points onto Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road are all part of the project,” she said.

“A new fauna crossing proposed to enable koalas and other native wildlife to safely cross and TMR is also looking at installing baffles in the Belivah Creek culvert to slow water flow and assist fish in their journey upstream to reproduce.”

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