- Last updated:
- 17 Feb 2021
In 2013, council completed the Caloundra Area Transport Study. The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) worked with council on the study. Several transport corridors were assessed in the need to address transport challenges accessing Caloundra. The study included community consultation and engagement on potential transport options.
Council progressed the planning for the preferred transport corridor upgrades in the:
- Caloundra Centre Master Plan (adopted in 2017).
- Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan (adopted in 2018).
Both plans included community consultation and stakeholder engagement.
Council completed a transport corridor options analysis study in 2018. The Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade (the project) was selected to progress.
See the Transport corridor alignment map.
The project is one of many in which council is planning to invest. This project aims to improve multi-modal transport access into Caloundra. Without these works, travel speeds and traffic congestion in Caloundra will continue to get worse. Council estimates this will cost the community around $38 million each year. The project aims to reduce these costs by reducing the travel time of motorists during periods of congestion.
The Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade will incorporate works on the following streets and avenues:
- Oval Avenue
- Gosling Street
- Third Avenue.
It will include new cycle lanes and shared pathways for the community. In doing so, it will create an integrated corridor for:
- public transport
See the concept design for the ultimate upgrade of the Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade. This concept layout is subject to change in the detailed design phase of the project with consideration of construction staging.
- The Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade (CTCU) is more than a road project. It’s consistent with the community’s vision to get people out of cars and into more sustainable modes of transport like walking and cycling. It also 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 CTCU will deliver:
- over 1.5km 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 cyclist
- signalised crossing facilities at 6 locations along the corridor that improves the safety and amenity provided to pedestrians and cyclists
- significantly reduced community severance caused by the Nicklin Way 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.
The CTCU also improves traffic flow at the Caloundra Rd/Nicklin Way intersection and enables the State Government to further improve active transport through the future construction of signalised crossings at this intersection.
Where to from here
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 land owners, in February 2019.
Council will progress the design of the Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade. Council expects construction of the project to start in the 2021/2022 financial year. However, construction timing is dependent on the adjacent Third Avenue extension to Nicklin Way.
Council has partnered with TMR on the proposed extension of Third Avenue from Arthur Street to Nicklin Way. Together these two projects have been identified as the next step to improve access into the Caloundra CBD. These two projects will reduce traffic volumes on the eastern end of Caloundra Road which in turn will reduce delays at the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way roundabout.
For more information, please contact council.