- Saturday 21 November 2015
Construction has started on the first stage of the Bells Creek Arterial Road which will provide residents and visitors with another way to access the Aura, Bells Creek and Bellvista communities.
To be developed in three major stages as the Aura community grows, developer Stockland will invest $115 million in the new road over the next 10 or more years.
It will become the major arterial road running through Aura, ultimately connecting to the recently completed Bells Creek Road Interchange on the Bruce Highway.
The first stage of work will see the construction of a new 2.8km section of the two-lane road, extending south from the Caloundra Road roundabout near the Sunshine Coast Turf Club through the Aura Development Area and linking up to Bellvista Boulevard near Bells Reach.
It is expected to take 14 months to complete the first section.
“Imagine in the future being able to turn off the Bruce Highway at Bells Creek and go straight to Bellvista rather than going further north as required now,” Cr Baberowski said.
“In the event that Bellvista Boulevard is blocked for any reason there will now be a second way in and out.
“Having a single access road to large community was always a major concern and approved by a court order against the advice of council so I’m pleased to see this significantly improved.“For some residents it will provide an alternative route to go west rather than using Bellvista Boulevard and it will also peel some traffic off the Caloundra Road earlier.
“The construction plans have been developed to ensure the least possible impact on the nearby residents but I will be asking that council staff keep a close eye on levels of dust, noise and haulage traffic.”
In accordance with the master plan approval for Aura, Stockland is responsible for the delivery of the road on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).
Shadforths Civil Contractors will build the road, providing employment for around 40 local people.
Alignment of the first stage of the road has been designed to provide a minimum distance of 72 metres and a buffer of up to 295 metres from residential properties.
Existing vegetation between adjacent properties and the road corridor will be retained, with clearance work restricted to the actual road corridor.
An acoustic barrier along a section of the road will also be constructed to attenuate road noise. A pedestrian and cycle path will also be included within the road corridor.
Aura will occupy 24 square kilometres (2360 hectares) of land with the new development front starting south of Lamerough Creek near Stockland’s existing Bells Reach community, and ultimately stretching west and south to meet the Bruce Highway at the new Bell’s Creek Interchange.
Stockland will deliver 20,000 dwellings at Aura, becoming home to around 50,000 people over the next 30 years.