Brisbane Road Upgrade Project
  • Last updated:
  • 23 Nov 2018

The Brisbane Road Upgrade Project will see the length of road between the Tuckers Creek Bridge and Venning Street in Mooloolaba widened to four traffic lanes, with space to accommodate future light rail, in multiple stages over several years. This upgrade includes widening Walan Street.

In addition to making essential improvements to traffic flow, this important project will enhance the southern entrance into Mooloolaba and create a corridor that is integrated and inviting for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users. 

Project scope

Council has completed planning work to upgrade Brisbane Road and Walan Street to four lanes. The Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Planning and associated staging was endorsed by council at the July 2018 Ordinary Meeting. It includes following project stages and scheduled timeframes, which will be subject to council’s budget process and may change.

Stage 1: Walan Street (from Venning Street to Smith Street) 2018/19 – 2019/20

The first stage of this project will upgrade Walan Street to four lanes (two traffic lanes in each direction and a central raised median).

It also includes:
a signalised intersection of Walan Street and Naroo Court
extending Naroo Court to Muraban Street
bus stops on Walan Street
space to accommodate future light rail and four traffic lanes.

Stage 2a and 2b – Brisbane Road (from Walan Street to Mayes Canal) 2020/21 – 2021/22

This stage will upgrade Brisbane Road to four lanes (two traffic lanes in each direction, 1.5m on-road cycle lanes and a central raised median).

It also includes:
upgrading the intersection of Brisbane Road, Walan Street and Hancock Street (Stage 2a)
upgrading the intersection of Brisbane Road, Foote Street and Tarcoola Avenue to a signalised intersection (Stage 2b)
space to accommodate future light rail and four traffic lanes 
limited on-street car parking along the eastern kerb.

Stage 3 – Brisbane Road (from, and including, Mayes Canal Bridge to Tuckers Creek) 2022/23

This stage will further upgrade Brisbane Road to four lanes (two traffic lanes in each direction, 1.5m on-road cycle lanes and a central raised median).

It also includes:
upgrading the intersection of Brisbane Road, Bindaree Crescent and Woomba Place to a signalised intersection
bus stops on Brisbane Road
space to accommodate future light rail and four traffic lanes 
limited on-street car parking along the eastern kerb

Two options are to be considered for the existing Mayes Canal Bridge:
1. construct a new southbound bridge and retain the existing bridge for northbound vehicles 
2. demolish the existing bridge and construct a bridge that is suitable for future light rail and four traffic lanes.

Council’s endorsed Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan (2015) provides overarching landscape design guidance for the corridor. Landscape design shall recognise the Master Plan in delivering a holistic design outcome. Where possible the corridor will include streetscape planting, pedestrian pathways, street furniture elements and way-finding signage. These elements will embrace the natural context of Mooloolaba and draw on the forms and patterns of nature as inspiration for the design intent.

Project update

Council has recently advertised the consultancy for the design of the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade and it is anticipated that the consultant will start in late 2018.
Council is also in the process of acquiring the impacted land along the corridor. These acquisitions are being undertaken in stages.

Where to from here

Design and construction of the Naroo Court extension to Muraban Street will be completed first. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2019 (excluding the Naroo Court and Walan Street intersection upgrade).

The Walan Street widening and Naroo Court intersection works are planned to start in late 2019.

Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be kept informed about investigative works such as geotechnical surveys and service location works.

Background

Mooloolaba is one of the major coastal tourism destinations on the Sunshine Coast. As a result is experiencing significant development pressure that, when combined with increasing through traffic, is leading to congestion on the roads. It is also making access to the centre of Mooloolaba and its local attractions increasingly difficult.

Considering this, council is progressing plans to upgrade Brisbane Road and Walan Street to deliver an outcome that supports the local economy, provides accessible public and active transport options and protects our lifestyle.

In 2003, the former Maroochy Shire Council conducted the Mooloolaba Integrated Land Use and Transport Assessment Study to determine the transport system (including car, public transport, cycle and pedestrian elements) that would best serve the future needs of Mooloolaba. The Study considered a range of alternative options for the Corridor.

In 2010, council re-examined the proposed transport corridor upgrade for Mooloolaba to ensure that any work would be consistent with Council’s vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region. Following the review, Council engaged external engineering consultants and further refined the options and developed a preferred layout. This layout proposed a four lane carriageway with a central median strip.

Council adopted the preferred layout at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 2 February 2011, and it was later incorporated into the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 which commenced on 21 May 2014. 

Council has continued to revise and improve the Strategic Traffic Model, Mooloolaba Local Area Traffic Model and preferred layout for the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor. The refinement of the Mooloolaba Local Area Model and the preferred layout and construction staging were adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 19 July 2018.

Public consultation for the Brisbane Road upgrade began in 2003 as part of the Mooloolaba Integrated Land Use and Transport Assessment Study and involved both a community forum and feedback analysis. Public participation has indicated an understanding of the need for future transport planning and broad community support for the Corridor upgrade. Council has engaged with Mooloolaba households, local businesses, affected land holders and interested parties through newsletters, media releases and Council’s website. There has been increasing public enquiry and comment requesting action to improve the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor. Extensive stakeholder engagement was also undertaken over a four year period, involving over 3000 participants, as part of the Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan process. 

Further community consultation on trunk transport corridors was undertaken in 2018 as part of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan public consultation phase across the Sunshine Coast region.

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