$1.1 million in safety improvements have been completed and a further $269,000 will soon be spent to upgrade one of the Gold Coast’s most hazardous roads at Mudgeeraba and Springbrook.

State Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz today announced the first stage of the Safer Roads Sooner projects on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, funded  by the Federal Government and delivered by Main Roads, was complete and the second stage was due to commence later in 2015.

“I am pleased to announce that $1.1 million in road works on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road delivered under the Queensland and Australian Governments’ Safer Roads Sooner program were completed in late May, making this road much safer for locals and visitors,” said Ms Bates.

“These safety improvements occurred following a tragic fatality on this road just months ago, and I am pleased to have been able to work with the Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz, to deliver these important road upgrades for our local area.

“The first phase included a section of sealed shoulder widening, tree and vegetation clearing, and the installation of guardrail and guide posts on an 800m section of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road near Monaro Road.

“The $269,000 second phrase of these upgrades is in the design phase and is expected to begin in the second half of 2015.

“This will upgrade the single lane up and down sections of Gold Coast Springbrook Road as the road splits on the way to the lookout at Wunburra by installing guardrails and rub rails (for motorcyclist safety), guide posts and curve advisory signs.”

Mr Buchholz said the upgrades were an example of State and Federal representatives working together to improve safety on hinterland roads.

“Our windy hinterland roads are some of the most hazardous on the Gold Coast, and these Safer Roads Sooner upgrades will ensure locals and visitors are much safer when travelling between Mudgeeraba and Springbrook,” said Mr Buchholz.

“This has been a mammoth job, but we are committed to building better roads for the growing population in our hinterland areas.”