The Queensland Government has given the green light to the project, which is anticipated to support thousands of jobs in the area and improve road safety.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said that there has been a dramatic increase in demand for road freight in the area due to heavy vehicles travelling through the town and negatively impacting on local traffic.
“This vital piece of road infrastructure will significantly reduce traffic flow through the township and improve road safety by providing a more efficient alternative route that is better suited to heavy vehicles,” said Ms. Trad.
“The project will support Scenic Rim Regional Council’s planned revitalisation of the Beaudesert town centre, and allow businesses to make better use of their outdoor areas to attract visitors and beautify their town for locals and visitors.”
She said that the Beaudesert Bypass will have a raft of immediate and long-term benefits including the creation of jobs, attracting investment and stimulating development in the region.
The first stage of the bypass will begin at the start of Mount Lindesay Highway and run west of the town centre, joining Beaudesert-Boonah Road.
Construction is due to start next year with completion in 2017.