Dodgy Brisbane Valley highway gets much-needed repairs
THE 3400 daily commuters on the Brisbane Valley Hwy are rejoicing now that vital rehabilitation work has started on the notorious stretch of road.
Ipswich West MP Jim Madden told the QT before the recent election that getting the highway repaired was at the top of his to-do list, and he is now delivering.
From last Tuesday $1.65 million worth of repairs commenced on the area surrounding the Geoff Fisher Bridge, with further resurfacing work to occur on the stretch between Sandy Creek and Lloyds Rd and Lloyds Rd and Mockers Rd.
Mr Madden said the work was much needed and that he would ensure the repairs continued on schedule.
"Since being elected I have had endless complaints from road users upset about the safety risk this road has posed, and it's about time that something has been done about it," he said.
"For people in Lowood, Fernvale, and other townships throughout the area, the Brisbane Valley Highway provides one of very few ways to access Ipswich and Brisbane.
"The importance of the highway in allowing people to access health, education, and other services cannot be overstated.
"This has been a problem for the people in the area for far too long. What I'll be focusing on now is making sure that works are completed on time and to schedule, so the people of the Brisbane Valley get the road they need as soon as possible."
Blair MP Shayne Neumann has also campaigned strongly for the funding. He and Mr Madden secured 400 signatures on a petition and took the issue of the state of the road up with the former LNP state government.
Mr Neumann said he wrote to the former Main Roads minister about it.
"I was disappointed when he wrote back saying there was no money," Mr Neumann said.
Mr Neumann said Mr madden had campaigned hard to get the funding and that the current repairs were just the start.
"I won't give up until the Brisbane Valley Hwy resurfacing has been fully funded and completed," he said.