- Last updated:
- 13 Sep 2022
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)?
A road upgrade and new extension is being delivered between Omrah Avenue and Nicklin Way. The 1.6 kilometre CTCU has been planned since the early 2000's and will improve connectivity and travel choice into Caloundra by creating a new connection into the Caloundra CBD and reducing traffic congestion at the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way roundabout and on Nicklin Way and Pelican Waters Boulevard.
This major transport infrastructure investment is the next step in meeting the current and future needs of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users in Caloundra.
It is being delivered by Sunshine Coast Council, the Australian Government and Queensland Government (through the Department of Transport and Main Roads).
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. This section is being delivered by Sunshine Coast Council.
- Section 2 between Arthur Street and Nicklin Way (referred to as the Nicklin Way/Third Avenue extension). This section is being delivered by the Queensland Government, Transport and Main Roads.
Will there be active transport improvements?
The CTCU is consistent with the community’s vision to get people out of cars and adopting more sustainable modes of transport, including walking, cycling, electric vehicles and public transport.
A two-way cycle track, pedestrian pathways, new street lighting and landscaping form part of the project.
Council has plans to improve walk and cycle infrastructure in Caloundra. Through the detailed design process, the project team will investigate further opportunities to connect walking and cycling routes, particularly in the north-south direction.
What is the timeline of the project?
The CTCU is a multi-stage project. The proposed timeline includes:
- 2021 – Community feedback sought on concept design
- Late 2022 – Detailed design tender awarded and detailed design progressed
- Late 2023 – Detailed design completed and shared with community
- *Late 2023 to 2024 – Construction of section 1 and 2 (including early works)
- *Late 2025 – Completion and opening of the new transport corridor.
* Weather and site conditions permitting.
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 will the CTCU include:
The 2021 concept design shows the CTCU as including:
- Duplicating existing traffic 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.
- A new intersection connecting Nicklin Way and Third Avenue.
- An alternative entry into the Caloundra CBD and reducing congestion at the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way roundabout.
- Extension of Third Avenue from Arthur Street to Nicklin Way.
- A connection to Oval Avenue, which will be duplicated by Sunshine Coast Council, to improve traffic flow.
- New bike riding facilities and pathways to improve access to Caloundra via active transport.
What is the budget for the project and who is funding it?
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.
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 nine 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 since early 2000s . The alignment of the corridor is final.
What community engagement has taken place?
Most recently, from August to November 2021, our community had the opportunity to view the CTCU concept design, speak with the project team, attend community displays, contact 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.
The CTCU has been subject to numerous transport studies and community engagement processes over the past nine years as below:
- In 2013 Sunshine Coast Council (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.
- Between 2018 and 2020 Council continued to liaise with key stakeholders, including adjacent landowners and businesses along the CTCU corridor and in 2020 Council revised the CTCU design based on feedback from these stakeholders.
- In 2021 Council in consultation with Transport and Main Roads released the concept design to our community.
How can I get involved?
Stakeholder Interest Group
As part of the detailed design process a stakeholder interest group (SIG) will operate. The group will further enable community review of the project and provide an opportunity for questions or issues to be further addressed by the project team.
The SIG is another way the project team is working with the community. The SIG application process sought members from:
- a range of ages and backgrounds within the project area
- a balance of interests including residents, community/interest groups, businesses and local facilities
- people who can demonstrate how they will articulate their involvement in the community, who they will provide SIG updates to and how these updates will be communicated.
An expression of interests to join the group was open for four weeks, between 15 August to 12 September 2022.
Will landscaping be part of the project?
Yes. The landscape design will focus on:
- Relocating or offsetting any vegetation that must be removed to accommodate the important upgrades
- 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 and Bicentennial Park?
Community feedback on the concept design about the impacts of the new transport link on Ben Bennett Bushland Park and Bicentennial Park is a key design consideration and will be balanced with the importance of safety, connectivity and community integration for Caloundra.
In Section 1, following community feedback a review of the link through Bicentennial Park has been undertaken with an intention to reduce the footprint as the project progresses through detail design.
In Section 2, an additional process for the first phase of the detailed design has been undertaken, to include an assessment of Section 2 (Nicklin Way / Third Avenue extension) to analyse options to reduce the footprint adjacent to Ben Bennett Bushland Park.
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 Bushland Park due to the Energex powerline corridor.
Once detailed design is completed, 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.
What about the Caloundra RSL and Memorial Gardens?
Council has worked with the Caloundra RSL sub-Branch over a number of years 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.
Will land be required for this project?
Council has been liaising with directly impacted property and business owners over many years during the planning and development phase and will continue to do so throughout the project.
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.
Since then, council has acquired the majority of properties and continues to negotiate with the remaining landowners who have been advised the resumption process has begun.
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 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 is the project proposed as four lanes, why not two lanes?
It is best practice to design a fit for purpose transport corridor that will 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 if feasible, stage the number of lanes being constructed initially.
Is the CTCU the Mass Transit Project or part of the Mass Transit Project?
The Mass Transit Project is a separate project to the CTCU.
The CTCU project relates to upgrades of Third Ave, Oval Ave and Gosling St, Caloundra.
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 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.
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 thorough 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 Currimundi, Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach which are now becoming congested as motorists use alternative routes.
For more information, please visit https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/
How will the CTCU help reduce traffic congestion?
Transport access to and from the Caloundra CBD will significantly improve, with transport modelling forecasting an immediate reduction of traffic congestion on sections of Caloundra Road/Bowman Road.
Daily trips within, and to and from, Caloundra are expected to increase significantly by 2041 due to the growth in population, employment and visitors. This demand places significant pressure on transport routes accessing Caloundra CBD which are already experiencing high levels of traffic delays.
The new CTCU link is expected to reduce the number of vehicles travelling through the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way roundabout, and alternative roads including Buccleugh Street, Queen Street and Elizabeth Street by an estimated 20 per cent.
The project will provide an improved, functional future network that meets the community’s desired standards of service.
How can I register to receive CTCU project updates?
The project team is committed to keeping the community informed throughout all stages of the project.
A project website is available and community members can email the project team at email@example.com.
To register for project updates visit the website.