New link to ease traffic through Tewantin school precinct
  • Tuesday 20 April 2010

Sunshine Coast Council is about to start work on new road and pathway connections designed to ease traffic congestion around the Tewantin School precinct.

Division 12 Councillor Lew Brennan said the Butler Street Link Project will provide an alternate route for travel to destinations beyond Tewantin, removing general traffic – and specifically heavy vehicles – from the school precinct.

“The new link road will connect McKinnon Drive and Poinciana Avenue to alleviate movement of vehicles through the area, including a reduction in traffic along Cullinane and Werin Streets,’ Cr Brennan said.

“The design includes a roundabout at each end, with bike lanes, for turning and through traffic.

“A new three-metre wide footpath, along the western side of Butler Street, will connect to existing footpaths at either end of the project.

“There will be a pedestrian underpass at the Poinciana Avenue end, so school children do not have to cross the new road. This will help provide good, safe connections between the schools, the sporting grounds and surrounding neighbourhoods.”

The Butler Street Link Project will also include:

  • water sensitive urban design to filter stormwater runoff prior to it entering the stormwater drainage network,
  • the incorporation of a fauna underpass into the drainage network and
  • road and pathway lighting to Australian Standards.

“I am pleased that these works are about to commence and thank residents for their patience while the project is underway,’’ Cr Brennan said.

“This initiative will bring some great benefits to our community in terms of better, safer traffic flow and the easing of some of the traffic congestion around the Tewantin School and township.”

The project will start later this month. Traffic management measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.