Maroochydore’s $20m road upgrade open ready for Christmas
  • Thursday 15 December 2016

More than 13,500 of us use it each day, it’s one of the biggest infrastructure project delivered by council and it’s now complete three months ahead of schedule, in time for Christmas.

The $20 million upgrade of Maroochydore’s Evans Street was officially opened today – watch aerial footage of the new road on Facebook.

Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said the upgrade improved traffic flow, road safety and connectivity in Maroochydore.

"This upgrade is significant, both in terms of its size and the benefits it delivers to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Cr Dwyer said.

“In addition to the two new lanes and improved intersections, the project included landscaping elements and all combined, it has improved access to Maroochydore and transformed the area.”

The upgrade will also help cater for forecast traffic growth.

“Projects like this help us meet the challenges that come with a growing population and help make the Sunshine Coast an even better place to live and do business,” Cr Dwyer said.

Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray said motorists had already enjoyed the benefits of the upgrade.

“We opened new lanes as we finished them to help traffic flow along Evans Street and surrounding roads, which was welcomed by nearby residents and businesses,” Cr OPray said.

“This project has had plenty of attention from the community, during consultation for the design in 2014 and throughout the 20 months of construction, and I know so many people are as thrilled as I am to see the four lanes open.

“We were incredibly lucky with good weather while work was underway and this helped with the earlier finish, but good planning and additional working hours have also been key to completing it all ahead of schedule.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience during construction.”

Keith Neuendorf, Chairman of the nearby Plaza Business Centre Body Coporate, praised council for the upgrade and its liaison with stakeholders during construction.

“I commend council and its employees on the manner in which these works were conducted,” Mr Neuendorf said.

“The professionalism of all team members working on this project was of a very high standard and we were kept informed at all times.

“Having the project completed ahead of schedule is an outstanding result.”

Additional minor landscaping and visual structural elements will be added in early 2017.

This project was delivered through council’s Capital Works Program.

Fast facts

  • Duplicated traffic lanes – from two to four
  • Upgraded intersections, new footpaths and new cycle lanes
  • 18 months of construction – three months ahead of schedule
  • $20 million budget

What makes a road?

Most motorists will only notice the new traffic lanes, intersections and footpaths – but here’s what else went into the upgrade:

  • the layers of the road
    • 6,100m3 of road pavement material
    • 22,300 m2 of bitumen seal
    • 3,100 tonne of asphalt
  • the pieces to carry water off and away from the road
    • 2474m of kerb
    • 42 gully (drainage) pits
    • 742m of culverts (structures under the road surface where water flows through)
  • the cables to make the traffic lights work and provide electricity nearby – 9134m Energex conduit
  • 20,485 new plants and two entry statements, at Plaza Pde and Maroochydore Rd.
  • 350m of 500 diameter water main
  • 11km of Telstra conduit