- Tuesday 19 April 2016
Construction on the $20 million upgrade of Evans Street in Maroochydore has reached a milestone, with traffic now using the newly completed northbound lane.
As of this morning, northbound traffic has been switched to the new carriageway as the construction team moves to focus on the middle two lanes. Southbound traffic will remain on the current alignment.
Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said the footpath and landscaping on the western side had also been completed.
“Switching traffic to the new alignment is a significant stage in the construction process as people can really start to see the project taking shape,” Cr O’Pray said.
“Widening this two-lane road corridor is essential to provide an efficient transport route to Maroochydore, as well as easing congestion along Evans Street.
“To have 13,000 cars travelling along the road each day without construction causing a major impact is also a feat in itself.
“It’s fantastic to see construction progressing on schedule, and the work completed so far has already improved the area visually.
“Council would like to thank the local community for their patience and ongoing support of the project during construction.”
With construction now focusing on the middle two lanes, water-filled barriers have been installed around the middle two lanes from Millwell Road to Primary School Court to provide a safe working area for construction workers.
These barriers result in some minor traffic changes to the area (including left-in left-out access only for School and Ridge Roads on the western side of Evans Street with temporary roundabouts for U-turns at Millwell Rd and Primary School Court).
Key tasks scheduled for the coming months include:
- Undertaking drainage, earthworks, asphalting and landscaping in the middle two lanes of Evans Street
- Installing new underground power cabling and removing power poles from Maroochydore Road to School Road
- Completing service work in the south-western corner of the Evans Street and Maroochydore Road intersection
- Completing connection of the new underground electrical services to residential properties along Evans Street.
The Evans Street upgrade, delivered through council’s capital works program, is expected to be completed in early 2017.