The Sunshine Coast community is being asked to have its say on new concept designs for a major Sunshine Motorway upgrade.
A 10-kilometre section of the Sunshine Motorway between David Low Way and Yandina-Coolum Road has been identified for duplication from two to four lanes to accommodate future growth.
Nicklin MP Rob Skelton said the preferred option would see the Yandina-Coolum Road roundabout upgraded significantly, as well as a new active transport part connecting Pacific Paradise to Coolum Beach.
“This stretch of the Sunshine Motorway is crucial – in fact, it carries 30,000 vehicles a day,” Mr Skelton said.
“Sunshine Coast motorists will love these new lanes, which will make the highway safer and more efficient.
“It’s part of our more than $3 billion, four-year transport and road plan for the Sunshine Coast, supporting 2700 good, secure jobs.
“We’re making it easier to move around the state, helping Queenslanders spend less time behind the wheel and more enjoying our great lifestyle.”
Other key features of the preferred option include:
– Provision for south facing ramps at West Coolum Road.
– Realignment of Yandina-Coolum Road to the west of the motorway.
– Smart Motorways infrastructure, including variable speed limit signs and CCTV cameras.
– Fauna fencing to provide greater protection for habitat next to the corridor.
– Culvert and drainage improvements to provide improved flood immunity in low-lying areas.
– Additional water quality treatment devices to reduce impact on Maroochy River health.
– Improved lighting in critical areas.
Caloundra MP Jason Hunt said $5 million had been committed to signalise the School Road’s intersection with Yandina-Coolum Road.
“We’re investing big all over the Sunshine Coast, making our roads safer and easier to use,” Mr Hunt said.
“It’s also great to see we’re investing in active transport along the stretch, helping Queenslanders get out and about.
“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland in improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion and lower transport costs.
“That’s why we’re investing $268.8 million in active transport infrastructure over the next four years.
“Labor is delivering better services all over the state, making Queensland the place to be.”
He encouraged the community to provide feedback on the plans and help refine the preferred option.
“Last year we invited the local community to tell us about their key interests and experiences along the link and suggest improvements,“ Mr Hunt said.
“This initial feedback has been used to develop the preferred option. We’re now encouraging everyone to have their say once again and help refine the preferred option.“
Consultation will close on 26 February.
Article source: noosatoday.com.au