Funding unlocked to relieve Sunshine Coast congestion hotspots

RACQ has welcomed news work would begin on the extension of Bells Creek Arterial Road to the Bruce Highway in the coming weeks, after the State Government announced $35 million in funding.

The Club’s Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the funding and delivery of major projects would help manage current and future congestion on the Sunshine Coast.

“The southern area of the Sunshine Coast already suffers from congestion and safety issues but it will also see significant population growth in the coming decades,” Dr Michael said.

“This project has long-term benefits for the area because it will bust congestion and help improve connectivity in the region.

“Extending the Bells Creek Arterial Road means there’ll be an alternative link between the growing community, and the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road.”

Dr Michael said $11 million announced for the $18.2 million Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade (CTCU) would relieve serious congestion at the Caloundra Road and Nicklin Way roundabout.

“This project will provide an alternative route to the Caloundra CBD and help relieve what is the biggest pinch point on the Sunshine Coast,” she said.

“Caloundra Road was also named as one of the top 10 most congested roads in our 2020 Red Spot Congestion Survey and it also has a history of crashes, so we’re glad our leaders are acting to help reduce this.

“There’s still a long way to go though. With 36,000 vehicles using Caloundra Road every day, it’s time we look for long-term solutions for the congested roundabouts at Nicklin Way and Kawana Way.

“We would also like to see this upgrade include alternative transport options, including active and public transport to help encourage more people out of their vehicles as residents move to the area.”