- Last updated:
- 21 Jun 2019
Council is preparing for the Maloja and Tay Avenues (Caloundra) Coastal Pathway upgrade.
The Coastal Pathway is council’s longest shared pathway. It stretches from Pelican Waters in the south to Coolum in the north.
The vision is for this pathway to be a world class scenic route connecting communities and enriching the recreational experience of the coastal environment. People can explore the beautiful coastline by walking, jogging or cycling. The pathway connects beaches, parks and open space areas, providing opportunities to explore the coast’s natural beauty, services and businesses.
The Maloja and Tay Avenue project locality plan provides an overview of the area.
The Coastal Pathway Master Plan identifies the path through Maloja and Tay Avenues as a ‘high priority’ for upgrade. It is an important connection between Caloundra and Golden Beach.
The pathway upgrade includes widening of the existing southern verge path in Maloja Avenue. Connecting into Tay Avenue and joining the Bulcock Beach boardwalk next to the La Promenade cafe.
Council have consulted with the community and developed a plan to guide these footpath works, meeting the growing recreational needs of the community.
The pathway plan aims to:
• provide a safe and enjoyable multi-use pathway suitable for all pedestrian ages and abilities
• convert vehicle traffic flow to one-way eastbound
• improve connectivity and access to iconic views
• support a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle
• promote walk-able neighbourhoods
• provide an attractive continuous connected experience for locals and visitors.
Council invited the community to take part in sharing their comments on the future of the Coastal Pathway along Maloja and Tay Avenues. Feedback received guided the development of the pathway plan. The plan was on public display during February 2019 and available to view online.
A summary of the Community Engagement Phase is available to view.
Where to from here
Construction is expected to begin in July 2019. Construction notices will be provided to adjacent property owners and residents closer to the commencement of works.
The existing pathway has become an enjoyable part of many people’s regular recreational routine. The current section of coastal pathway experiences high daily use from locals and visitors. Walkers, runners and cyclist of all ages and abilities frequent the area. The existing path identified as requiring an upgrade.
An upgraded pathway has potential to provide an attractive continuous connected experience. A safe and enjoyable multi-use pathway suitable for all ages.
In providing a new 3m wide coastal pathway it is important that there is adequate clearance between private property boundary walls, gates and fences to the edge of the pathway. This will allow vehicles exiting properties the opportunity to pause and give way to pedestrians using the pathway. The existing footpath verge area will be widened to provide clearance and a widened path. This results in a reduction of existing road pavement area. To maintain parallel parking on both sides of the street one lane of traffic will be removed. The draft plan illustrates one-way traffic movements that have been tested by an independent traffic engineer.
An independent traffic study was conducted to test the viability of turning part of Maloja Avenue into one-way traffic. The results of the traffic study confirms the existing road network and intersection configurations can accommodate conversion of Maloja Avenue into a one-way street.
The appropriate direction of travel for a one-way street is based on performance of the key intersections that are affected by the distribution of vehicles. The results of the analysis show the preferred direction of a one-way street on Maloja Avenue is eastbound. The intersection analysis shows that there is only a minor increase in delay on the Maloja Avenue approach to the Bulcock Street intersection and negligible change in performance at the other three intersections (Maloja Avenue and Tripcony Lane, Maloja and Tay Avenue, Tay Avenue and Bulcock Street intersections).
Car parking Maloja Avenue
The northern verge is outside the scope of the project and remains as informal parallel parking.
The southern verge parallel parking also remains, and will be formalised with line marking to delineate each vehicle bay. Landscaped build-outs will be used to shade parking, pathway and improve the streetscape amenity.
Car parking Tay Avenue
Four vehicle bays will be replaced with footpath and landscaping. The new pathway will be constructed to the outer edge of La Promenade apartments and café to reduce conflict between path and café users.
Two vehicle bay on the northern side of Tay Avenue will be removed to accommodate a minor shift in road lanes due to the new Coastal Pathway works.