Frequently asked questions
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Aug 2021

Check below for answers to our most frequently asked questions or get in touch with the team if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for.

What is the Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade project (CTCU)?

The Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade (CTCU) is a high priority project for improving accessibility, connectivity, safety and travel choice into the Caloundra CBD and surrounding destinations. It is the most significant local transport upgrade project in Caloundra’s recent history and will transform access to and from Caloundra for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

It includes a four-lane road with intersection improvements, a new connection at the intersection of Nicklin Way, Third Avenue and Industrial Avenue, a two-way cycle track, pedestrian pathways, new street lighting and landscaping.

Where is the CTCU?

The 1.6 kilometre CTCU route runs between Omrah Avenue and Nicklin Way.

The CTCU is made up of two sections:

  • Section 1 between Omrah Avenue and Arthur Street, along Gosling Street, Oval Avenue and Third Avenue
  • Section 2 between Arthur Street and Nicklin Way (referred to as the Nicklin Way/Third Avenue extension)

What will the CTCU include: 

Subject to detailed design, the CTCU will include:

Section 1

  • Duplicating existing traffic lanes to provide two lanes in each direction on Oval Avenue and Third Avenue Connecting Oval Avenue with Omrah Avenue
  • Building a two-way cycle track and pedestrian pathways
  • Upgrading the following intersections to traffic signals to improve safety and traffic operations:
    • Bowman Road/Gosling Street
    • First Avenue/Oval Avenue
    • Third Avenue/Oval Avenue
    • Arthur Street/Third Avenue
  • Making changes to traffic movements at the following locations:
    • First Avenue, Second Avenue and Third Avenue intersections with Oval Avenue
    • Nicholls Street and Gosling Street intersection
    • Suller Street, Cowan Street and Omrah Avenue intersections with Bowman Road
  • New street lighting and landscaping.

Section 2

  • Extension of Third Avenue from Arthur Street to Nicklin Way including a two-way cycle track and pedestrian pathway
  • Connection of Industrial Avenue to Nicklin Way
  • Traffic signals at the new intersection of Industrial Avenue, Third Avenue and Nicklin Way
  • New street lighting and landscaping.

This section will provide an important new connection to central Caloundra, further improving accessibility, safety and connectivity for the region. The Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is working closely with council to deliver this section in co-ordination with Section 1.

What is the timeline for the project?

The CTCU is a multi-stage project. The proposed timeline is:

  • 2021 Concept design and detailed investigations for section 1 and 2 completed.
  • Late-2022 Complete detailed design and section 1 and 2
  • *2023 to 2024  Construction of section 1 and 2 (including early works)
  • *Late 2024 Completion and opening of the new transport corridor.
A construction program and more information will be provided closer to work commencing.
 
* This timeline and all information about the project is accurate at the time of distribution.  Project outcomes including design, works and dates may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond Council’s control.

What is the budget for the project and who is funding it?

Section 1 is being funded by Council and is estimated to cost $19.6 million.

Section 2 is being jointly funded by all three levels of government and is estimated to cost $18.2 million. The Australian Government is committing $7 million, the Queensland Government is committing $7 million and Sunshine Coast Council is committing $4.2 million.

What is the Caloundra Centre Master Plan?

The purpose of the Master Plan is to create an integrated plan for Caloundra Centre, to encourage future development in keeping with the vision for the area. The Master Plan generally covers the area from Bulcock Beach to the Caloundra Golf Club and from the Nicklin Way to Canberra Terrace. Caloundra Centre has a strong relationship with and links to adjoining beach communities, particularly Kings Beach and Golden Beach.

It is vital that access to Caloundra is improved, through projects such as the CTCU, before this anticipated future development occurs.

For more information about the master plan, please visit council's website Caloundra Centre Master Plan.

 

 



Has the community had input into the CTCU route?

Yes, community engagement has occurred over the past eight years. The alignment of the corridor has been determined following a lengthy and detailed assessment of planning, environmental, social and engineering considerations as well as numerous transport studies and community engagement processes over the past eight years. The alignment of the corridor is final.

Has the community been given the opportunity to view the detailed design?

From August to November 2021, the community had the opportunity to view the CTCU 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.

Four community information sessions were held at Caloundra Shopping Centre and Caloundra Library.

The CTCU has been subject to numerous transport studies and community engagement processes over the past eight years.

What community engagement has taken place?

Numerous transport studies and community engagement processes have been conducted over the past eight years.

In 2013 Council in consultation with Transport and Main Roads completed the Caloundra Area Transport Study. The study included community engagement on potential transport options, including upgrading Oval Avenue and Third Avenue.

In 2016, Council’s draft Caloundra Centre Master Plan included the Oval Avenue and Third Avenue transport upgrade, as well as other Caloundra projects. Council staff met with key stakeholders to provide notification of the draft master plan consultation and submission process.

In 2018 Council engaged specialist consultants to undertake a detailed analysis of which traffic route upgrade would be the most beneficial to Caloundra. Consideration was given to environmental, economic and social opportunities and challenges and the Oval Avenue and Third Avenue alignment was determined to be the best route.

In 2018 Council consulted the community and engaged with key stakeholders on the Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan, which included the upgrade of Oval Avenue and Third Avenue. A subsequent proposed planning scheme amendment to reflect the Caloundra Centre Master Plan was also subject to public consultation in 2018.

In 2019, Council has and continues to liaise with key stakeholders, including adjacent landowners and businesses along the CTCU corridor.

In 2021, Council received a wide range of valuable feedback on the Concept Design which will directly inform the next stage of the project.


Will landscaping be part of the project?

Yes.  The landscape design will focus on:

  1. Relocating or offsetting any vegetation that must be removed to accommodate the important upgrades
  2. Improving amenity for the community to enjoy walking, cycling and other forms of active transport along the corridor through environmentally sensitive design.

What about Ben Bennett Bushland Park?

This 21-hectare bush reserve in central Caloundra is recognised as a valuable community asset. Environmental studies are continuing as part of the detailed design process.

The transport link will utilise the already cleared Energex powerline corridor as much as possible. Edge clearing will be required to widen and allow for the transport upgrade, this will primarily occur on the southern side of the powerline corridor in the section of vegetation that is already disconnected from Ben Bennett park due to the Energex powerline corridor.

Council is working with TMR to minimise the footprint on Ben Bennet Bushland Park, wherever possible. The concept design of Nicklin Way intersection and alignment through this area affects only about two per cent of the park and it is likely this will be reduced when the design is refined.

This will be investigated during the detailed design process to be undertaken in 2022.

Being mindful of the park’s location and environmental sensitivities, construction will be performed under the relevant environmental conditions and an Environmental Management Plan which will consider local flora, fauna, cultural heritage and potential construction impacts.

Council will continue to keep the community informed as the project progresses.

What about Bicentennial Park?

The need and/or scale of works at Bicentennial Park is under review. This review will be guided by consideration of transport options and an environmental management plan which will be completed for Section 1 and 2 to help manage and protect local flora, fauna and cultural heritage ahead of construction.

What about the Caloundra RSL and Memorial Gardens?

Council has worked with the Caloundra RSL sub-Branch to minimise the project’s impacts. The concept plans have been revised to reduce the required land and ensure the RAAF Helicopter and the two Bofors guns are not disturbed, along with a greatly reduced impact on the Memorial Garden.

The project team will continue to work closely with the Caloundra RSL to ensure construction is handled sensitively and respectfully.



How many cars/traffic volumes are predicted in the future?

Around 100,000 motorists per day currently travel through the Caloundra Road / Nicklin Way roundabout. Daily trips and delays within, and to and from Caloundra, are expected to increase significantly with demand for around 166,000 motorist per day by 2041.

With the extension of Third Avenue and the upgrading of Oval Avenue and Third Avenue, access to and from the Caloundra CBD will significantly improve, with transport modelling forecasting that by the year 2041, around 22,500 vehicles per day using Third Avenue extension and a reduction of around 20,000 vehicles per day using the Nicklin Way and Caloundra Road roundabout to access sections of Caloundra Road and Bowman Road.

Why does the project require four lanes, why not two lanes?

As per best practice, it will be fit for purpose to meet the forecasted demand over the next 10 years. The project is being designed to deliver improved walking and cycling infrastructure adjacent to a low speed traffic environment (typically 50km/h). Through detailed design the project team will review the number of lanes required for each section of the project and is feasible, stage the number of lanes being constructed initially.

Is the CTCU the Mass Transit Project or part of the Mass Transit Project?

The CTCU project relates to upgrades of Third Ave, Oval Ave and Gosling St, Caloundra. 

The Mass Transit Project is a separate project to the CTCU.   The Mass Transit Project is considering a wide range of mass transit technology options to better connect people along the urban corridor between Maroochydore and Caloundra. 

The Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Options Analysis Report, which has been informed by extensive community feedback, was approved by Sunshine Coast Council at a Special Meeting on 20 October 2021. 

It’s anticipated that the State Government, in partnership with Council, will start preparing the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Detailed Business Case in 2022.

Stage 1 includes the local mass transit corridor between Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Birtinya. 

While the Mass Transit project has identified the potential Stage 2 of the local mass transit corridor as being between Birtinya and Caloundra, planning for this stage has not commenced.

Visit council’s website for information about the mass transit project and sign up today to receive future project updates.

Why not upgrade the Caloundra Road-Nicklin Way roundabout?

This roundabout, managed by TMR, will be upgraded in the future, however to achieve this, traffic volumes through the roundabout must be reduced by constructing the CTCU project first.

The CTCU is also necessary to address congestion on Nicklin Way and Caloundra Road, and flow-on impacts to local roads in Currimunidi, Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach which are now becoming congested as motorists use alternative routes.

For more facts about the Caloundra Road-Nicklin Way roundabout view the TMR fact sheet: Caloundra Road, Nicklin Way, Pelican Waters Boulevard roundabout - future upgrade planning.


How can I register to receive CTCU project updates?

To receive project updates, please register your contact details (name, address, email address and phone number if applicable) to ctcu@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone Council’s customer service team.