Moreton Bay Regional Council has awarded a construction tender for the $15 million upgrade of two major roads in Griffin, which is set to improve flood immunity and road quality.

Griffin Mayor, Peter Flannery, said the project was possible thanks to a $4 million contribution from the Federal Government.

“This isn’t a nip and tuck procedure, it’s a full-on reconstruction for Griffin’s two main arterial roads, so locals can get on with their lives,” Mayor Flannery said.

“Dohles Rocks and Henry Roads are the two main entry and exit points from Griffin and they’re often heavily affected by traffic on the Bruce Highway and major flooding events given how low lying they are.

“That traffic flows into the greater road network and makes it difficult for locals to get to and from work, drop the kids off at school and use our fantastic recreational facilities, parks and playgrounds.

“This overhaul will include raising the level of the road and constructing culverts to significantly improve the flood immunity of  both roads, while also upgrading the road surface and installing traffic signals at the intersection to keep traffic flowing more smoothly.

“I’d like to thank the Federal Government for their support and for contributing $4 million to help make this much-needed project a reality.”

Federal MP for Petrie, Luke Howarth, said local families would have greater access to the region once this project was complete.

“Griffin’s no longer a young emerging suburb of Moreton Bay,” Mr Howarth said.

“It’s now a well-established community that’s nearing capacity, so it needs infrastructure like this to cater for the growth we’ve seen over the past ten or so years.

“We know there’s a lot of young families who’ve moved to the area to get a start in life, who’re active and need better access to local parks, schools, businesses and the rest of the region.

“This project will get them moving again and doing the things they love, instead of being stuck in traffic.”

Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor, Jodie Shipway, said this project comes just in time to coincide with the construction of the new Griffin Sports Complex on Henry Road.

“Griffin is getting the attention it deserves with plenty of great projects and upgrades like the massive Griffin Sports Complex, with Stage 1 nearing completion and Stage 2 planning getting underway,” Cr Shipway said.

“Since I was elected, locals have told me these roads are a major bugbear of theirs, so I’m proud to say that I’ve successfully advocated for the need to bring this project forward.

“This will be a major part of the future road network for the region in conjunction with the planned Moreton Connector and it will help improve safety for locals as part of the masterplan for Griffin.”

Work is expected to begin in mid-to-late 2022 and construction is estimated to take 12 months to complete, weather permitting.

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