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State of Brisbane Valley Highway dominates Minister’s visit

THE poor condition of the Brisbane Valley Highway dominated discussion during this week’s visit to Somerset by Federal Minister Alan Tudge.

Published: September 26th 2019

THE poor condition of the Brisbane Valley Highway dominated discussion during this week’s visit to Somerset by Federal Minister Alan Tudge.

The Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure attended a meeting in Fernvale to promote the SEQ City Deal, a wide-ranging partnership between all three levels of government.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann opened the meeting by tabling a new report by international consulting engineering firm GHD, which highlighted a number of the highway’s safety failings.

“The Brisbane Valley Highway – State Highway 17 (SH17) – is a Queensland Government responsibility and Somerset Regional Council is now seeking Federal Government support for its improvement to meet safe road design standards,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council is acutely aware of the need for connecting infrastructure in South-East Queensland.

“We want to be part of a region that is connected locally and competing globally, a region that is generating jobs and supported by quality infrastructure.

“But our main transport link, SH17, is deficient, as the GHD report confirms.

“The report shows the existing minimum sealed shoulder widths do not meet minimum design requirements.

“It also confirms there are significant safety benefits for users of SH17 that can be achieved by the improvement of the sealed shoulder to comply with current design guidelines.

“Too many lives are needlessly being lost on this substandard highway.

“While we welcome the opportunities presented by the SEQ City Deal, SH17 must be fixed so the Somerset community can fully and safely take part.”

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