Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade Project
  • Last updated:
  • 03 Mar 2022

As part of a major transport infrastructure investment into the future of Caloundra’s lifestyle and economic development needs, Sunshine Coast Council the Australian Government and Queensland Government (through the Department of Transport and Main Roads) are continuing to deliver the Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade (CTCU).

The upgrade is the next step to meet the current and future needs of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users in Caloundra.

The 1.6 kilometre CTCU has been planned since the early 2000's and will improve connectivity and travel choice by connecting the CBD and Omrah Avenue to Nicklin Way, north of the Caloundra Road roundabout.

From August to November 2021, council, in partnership with TMR, distributed information about the project and held community displays to allow the community to ask questions and provide comment. A wide range of valuable feedback on the concept design was received and will directly inform the project's next stages. 

Omrah Avenue to Nicklin Way upgrade

Project scope

The upgrade is a high priority project for improving access into the Caloundra CBD and surrounding destinations. Planning and delivering alternative routes now is critical to help reduce traffic congestion and provide new walking and cycling pathways connecting our Caloundra community.

The upgrade will run between Omrah Avenue and Nicklin Way, reducing congestion and improving travel times on existing roads, including at the nearby intersection of Nicklin Way, Pelican Waters Boulevard and Caloundra Road, making it easier to travel into and out of Caloundra.

This project is also consistent with the community’s vision to get people out of cars and into more sustainable modes of transport, including walking and cycling by providing a new separated two-way cycle track and pedestrian pathways. Without this upgrade, travel time, traffic congestion and access for active and public transport in Caloundra will continue to get worse as our community grows.

Watch the video below to view the transport modelling showing traffic issues if the project is not delivered.

Construction stages

The new transport upgrade is made up of two sections nominated as Section 1 and Section 2.

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Section 1 will be delivered and funded by Council to meet local growth and community needs. This section is estimated to cost $19.6 million.

Section 2 is part of the $18.2 million upgrade to the Nicklin Way-Third Avenue connection which is jointly funded by the Australian Government committing $7 million under the Infrastructure Investment Program, the Queensland Government $7 million and Council $4.2 million.

The CTCU is a multi-staged project to be delivered over a number of years.

For a breakdown of what each section includes, please click on the FAQs located on the left-hand side of the page.

See the concept design[14782KB] for the Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade and watch the transport modelling fly through below which shows the benefits of the project. This concept layout is subject to change in the detailed design phase of the project with consideration of construction staging.

Active transport

 This upgrade aligns with the Sunshine Coast Active Transport Plan 2010-2031. Active transport helps deliver improved mobility, safer streets, healthier residents and reduced impact on global climate, all resulting in a world-class quality of life.

In-line with this vision, the upgrade will deliver:

  • Over 1.6 kilometre of two-way cycle track that creates a direct, pleasant and safe cycling environment to and from Caloundra’s city centre for all levels of cyclists.
  • Signalised crossing facilities at six locations along the corridor improves the safety and amenity provided to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Significantly improved community connectivity and safety by providing a safe crossing of Nicklin Way for pedestrians and cyclists mid-way between Queen Street and Caloundra Road.
  • Significant landscaping to improve the corridor’s amenity and create a more enjoyable outdoor experience particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.

Where to from here

From August to November 2021, the community had the opportunity to view the CTCU concept design, speak with the project team, and provide any additional information, such as access requirements, that may be useful prior to and during upcoming phases of the project including construction.

TMR and Council are reviewing community feedback and are developing a detailed design brief in 2022.

The corridor’s alignment has been determined by specialist consultants following a lengthy and detailed assessment of planning, environmental, social and engineering considerations, supported by numerous transport studies and community engagement processes over the past eight years.

Timeline:

2000 - Caloundra City Plan

2013 - Caloundra Area Transport Study in partnership with TMR

  • The study included community consultation on potential transport options in the need to address transport challenges accessing Caloundra
  • Council progressed the planning for the preferred transport corridor upgrades in the below:

2016 - Caloundra Centre Master Plan (adopted by council in 2017)

2018 - Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan (adopted by council in 2018)

  • Both plans included community consultation and stakeholder engagement. A transport corridor options analysis study was also completed.

2019 - The Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade was again selected to progress. See the Transport corridor alignment map[994KB]

2021 - Community feedback sought on concept design and detailed investigations completed

2022 - Detailed Design to be progressed

2023 - Detailed design completed

* Late 2023-24 Construction of Section 1 and 2 (including early works)

* Late 2024 - Opening of new corridor

More detailed construction timeframes and information will be provided closer to the works commencing. 

* Weather and site conditions permitting.

Council resolved to commence purchasing land for the transport corridor at the Ordinary Meeting held on 31 January 2019. Council began contacting property owners affected by the project, with letters to relevant landowners in February 2019. Council has been liaising with directly impacted property and business owners during the planning and development phase and will continue to do so throughout the project.

Project news and updates

Keep up to date on the project as it progresses through the construction notifications and plan updates. You can also read through the frequently asked questions for more information.

Contact the project team

Subscribing to receive project updates and information on construction works is a convenient way to keep up to date with the project. To subscribe or contact the CTCU project team, email CTCU@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.