Will there ever be a Canungra bypass?

Drone view Canungra KOB
Drone view Canungra KOB

Transport and Main Roads (TMR) figures from 2022 show traffic flows through Canungra have increased by 52% in 10 years, again raising the question of whether there will ever be a Canungra bypass.

The bypass is the responsibility of TMR, however there is no road corridor set aside.

Scenic Rim Regional Council spokesperson said they continue to advocate for a bypass.

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 “Since 2013, TMR has not actively undertaken any further planning or protection activities for a bypass road at Canungra and the current Approved Planning Policy does not support the planning for a bypass of Canungra as it is identified as Category A – Unprotected planning, at this time.”

“Council are working in collaboration with TMR to confirm a proposed corridor, but the construction of any bypass is still recognised as a TMR responsibility.”

“The provision of the bypass remains a key piece of advocacy by Council, as was evident in our formal response to the Draft SEQ Regional Plan.”

The indicative corridor shown on the Growth Management Strategy (right) is within an existing road reserve.

State Member for Scenic Rim, Jon Krause, said traffic is a major concern.

“Main Roads does not have a bypass (or any major upgrade works on any roads for that matter) on the radar around Canungra,” he said.

“Together with Council, I have lobbied for years to change this situation, as well as calling on the Government to slow down the rate of development locally to reduce traffic and road issues.” 

“Until Main Roads and the Government acknowledge the issues and puts fixing them on the agenda, we will only see further traffic and road issues.”

“There is no easy solution, but acknowledging the problem is the first step.”

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