- Wednesday 31 January 2018
A $4 million extension of Burke Street will be underway next month to improve traffic flow on some of Caloundra’s main roads and provide more direct access to the Golden Beach community.
The road extension, which will connect to Pelican Waters Boulevard and includes the construction of two new roundabouts, is a key element of Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government’s plans to improve traffic flow and access to the Caloundra and Golden Beach areas.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Burke Street extension was a key council project that would significantly improve travel for Caloundra residents and visitors.
“This is essentially a new road between Pelican Waters Boulevard and Golden Beach – it will reduce vehicle queuing and improve traffic flow on Caloundra Road by approximately 4000 vehicles per day,” Cr Dwyer said.
“It will redistribute traffic from Caloundra Road, east of Nicklin Way, onto Pelican Waters Boulevard, and will also make it quicker for motorists to travel through the existing roundabout at Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way/Pelican Waters Boulevard.
“The Burke Street extension is the result of council’s extensive technical analysis, traffic modelling and forward planning – and it is only part of the overall road network solution for Caloundra, which also requires upgrades to State Government roads and roundabouts.
“Other local roads are part of the improvements including an extension of Arthur Street, Queens Street off-ramps and State roads – all being elements in the proposed traffic network. This project is part of a bigger solution that needs to be achieved.
Road users can expect some disruptions to traffic conditions but every effort will be made to minimise this impact.
Where possible, the existing number of traffic lanes will remain and work will be undertaken outside of peak traffic times. Existing speeds will be reduced only when necessary and stop-go traffic control will be limited.
Council will provide ongoing construction updates and direct contact with nearby properties to inform residents and road users of specific changes to existing conditions.
Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 (weather permitting).
Further details are available on the project webpage.