- Last updated:
- 09 Jul 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.
When was the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade project adopted by Council?
Public consultation for the Brisbane Road Upgrade began in 2003 as part of the Mooloolaba Integrated Land Use and Transport Assessment Study. The consultation process helped determine the best transport network for the future needs of Mooloolaba. The proposed design was reviewed in 2010 and adopted by Council in 2011. The preferred layout has been incorporated into the 2014 Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme.
An extensive community engagement process was also undertaken during the development of the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan which was adopted by Council in December 2015. The master plan recognised the widening of Brisbane Road and Walan Street as a key project.
Recently, Council adopted the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade layout and construction plan at its Ordinary Meeting in July 2018.
Why is Council doing this upgrade?
This upgrade project is essential to improve connectivity and road safety and to cater for the future growth of Mooloolaba. It will:
- increase road safety
- improve traffic flow
- improve pedestrian, cyclist, and public transport connectivity
- deliver streetscape improvement elements
- deliver services upgrades (stormwater, water, electricity, telecommunications)
- accommodate future growth forecasts
- provide improved access to the Mooloolaba area and surrounds.
What are the construction stages and timing of the project?All stages and scheduled timeframes may change subject to weather, site conditions, Council’s budget process and other funding.
Stage 1A (completed in October 2019)Extension of Naroo Court through to Moorabbin Street including a new roundabout.
Stage 1B (completed in May 2021)
Walan Street upgrade between Venning Street and Smith Street to four traffic lanes including:
- widening of the road to four traffic lanes
- a new signalised intersection at Walan Street and Naroo Court
- formalised pedestrian crossings across Walan Street and Naroo Court with pram and disability compliant access ramps and treatments
- new median strips for safety
- landscaping, including green space between Naroo Court and Muraban Street
- retaining the existing bus stops and bus services in conjunction with TransLink.
Stage 2 (May 2021 – early 2023)
Brisbane Road from 42 Brisbane Road through to Kyamba Court including the new Mayes Canal Bridge includes:
- upgrading the road to four traffic lanes
- upgrading the intersection of Brisbane Road/ Foote Street/ Tarcoola Avenue to a new, signalised intersection
- construction of the new Mayes Canal Bridge with four traffic lanes with shared pedestrian and cycle paths on both sides
- upgrading the intersection of Brisbane Road/ Bindaree Crescent/ Woomba Place to a signalised intersection
- provision for cyclists
- retaining the existing bus stops on Brisbane Road.
Stage 3 (May 2021 – early 2023)
Intersection of Brisbane Road/Walan Street/Hancock Street includes:
- upgrading the intersection of Brisbane Road/ Walan Street/ Hancock Street to four lanes
- provision for cyclists.
Stage 4 (2023)
- Brisbane Road, from Kyamba Court to Tuckers Creek Bridge, will be upgraded and widened to four lanes.
- The upgrade includes a new signalised intersection at Bindaree Crescent / Brisbane Road / Woomba Place and road works on both sides of the bridge
What can residents and motorists expect during the works?
Council will make every effort to minimise impacts to the local community and businesses during construction however this is a major construction project and some inconvenience is to be expected.
Construction hours will primarily be between 7am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.
Due to the busy nature of Brisbane Road night works will be required. Residents and businesses will be notified in advance of night works, including construction hours.
At various times throughout the project there will be:
- changes to traffic conditions – reduced speed limits, temporary lane closures, traffic and pedestrian pathway changes and stop-go traffic control
- increased heavy vehicle movements
- construction noise
- signage and road barriers in place to help redirect motorists and pedestrians.
Dust mitigation measures will be in place.
What is happening with the Mayes Canal Bridge?A new bridge will be constructed. It will be a four-lane bridge with two lanes of traffic each way with shared pedestrian and cycle paths on both sides.
What will the bridge look like?
The new 26.4m wide, four lane bridge will provide improved vehicle access and be a gateway into the heart of Mooloolaba. It will feature shared pedestrian and cycle paths on both sides.Landscaping treatments will complement the bridge and connect it to the riverbank, parkland, and existing pedestrian pathways.
What will the height of the bridge be?The new bridge will have the same waterway clearance as the current bridge so as not to impose any new navigational restrictions on marine vessels using Mayes Canal (access will remain the same).
How will the new bridge be constructed? Will the old bridge still be open to traffic?
To minimise impacts to motorists, the new Mayes Canal Bridge will see two lanes built at a time. Two new lanes will be constructed alongside the existing bridge with traffic continuing to flow on the old bridge. Traffic will then be ‘switched’ onto the new lanes while the old bridge is demolished, and the remaining two new lanes constructed.
The bridge will be constructed with foundations consisting of reinforced concrete piles. To minimise impacts to nearby residents, the piles will be constructed ‘in-situ’ where thick-walled metal tubes are driven into the creek bed, reinforcing steel set in place and then filled with concrete (rather than pre-cast piles delivered to site and driven into the creek bed). One of the benefits of the in-situ method is significantly less noise.The footprint of the new bridge will extend to the east and west of the existing bridge.
What will happen to the old bridge?
Once the new bridge is in operation, the existing bridge will be demolished. It will be demolished prior to end 2022.
Will trees be removed as part of the project? What will the landscaping look like?
Landscaping is recognised as a feature to enhance the entry to Mooloolaba and provide an inviting and attractive space for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. The completed project will include 234 new trees and 11,326 plants to be planted as part of the landscaping in the project area and Council’s environmental offset policy, creating a more shady, cool, and greener corridor.
To accommodate the project, some vegetation needs to be removed. Offset planting will replace any removed vegetation and additional trees and plants form a strong part of the project’s landscape design.
Will the fig tree on the Brisbane Road/Tarcoola Avenue roundabout be removed as part of the construction works?
To accommodate the upgrade some trees and plants must be removed, but in balance, the completed project will include 234 new trees and 11,326 plants to be provided as part of landscaping in the project area and Council’s environmental offset policy.
The large fig tree currently on the Brisbane Road/Tarcoola Avenue roundabout must be removed to accommodate the new signalised intersection. Council investigated transplanting the fig tree, however due to its size, the high costs involved and the low chance that it would survive, it is not considered feasible.
Additionally, this particular fig species, Hill’s weeping fig (Ficus microcarpa var. hillii) is not recommended for urban streetscapes due to its extensive surface rooting and capacity to damage infrastructure such as pipes, pathways, driveways and road surfaces. The existing fig tree is already severely misshapen due its branches being removed to avoid overhead power lines.
Although it’s not feasible to transplant this tree, Council recognises the significance of trees to the Mooloolaba community. Council has propagated saplings from two local suitable fig trees including:
- a Ficus obliqua (small-leaved fig) growing on River Esplanade
- a Ficus virens (banyan/strangling fig) growing off Brisbane Road near Tuckers Creek.
Both trees are healthy with good form and are suitable “mother stock”. The saplings are growing in Council’s nursery ensuring these trees will live on within the community.
Professional fauna spotters will assess the vegetation and be on site during removal.
Council will continue to keep the community informed and minimise impacts where possible.
Where can I park during the construction of the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade project?
Council provides a range of free on-street and off-street parking throughout Mooloolaba, as well as paid parking at the new ParknGo Mooloolaba Central car park on Brisbane Road and Smith Street, which boasts more than 700 parking spaces.
Will there be on-street parking along Brisbane Road, during and after construction?
As part of the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade Stages 2, 3 and 4 (2021 – 2023) Brisbane Road is being widened to four lanes (two traffic lanes in each direction).
The width of Brisbane Road is not sufficient to accommodate four traffic lanes, provision for cyclists and the current number of on-street car parks. Limited on-street parking will be available along Brisbane Road post-construction. Businesses and the community will be provided with advance notice of the work.
Bus stops and bus services will be retained in conjunction with TransLink although may be temporarily relocated during construction.Public on-street parking remains available on nearby streets.
Will the speed limit be changed along Brisbane Road and Walan Street once the upgrade is complete?
Changes to the current speed limit are not expected.For safety reasons, reduced speed limits will apply during construction.
How will council assist businesses impacted by the project?
Council will liaise with businesses and residents during construction to assist with forward planning and communication to staff and customers.
To contact the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade project team email email@example.com.