Queen and Bower streets intersection upgrade to improve traffic flow and safety for students
  • Wednesday 10 August 2022

Works to improve traffic flow and safety at the busy Queen and Bower streets intersection in Caloundra has started this month.

The intersection will be upgraded with a new signalised pedestrian crossing to help students and the school community cross Queen Street, improving safety for all pedestrians and cyclists.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 2 Councillor Terry Landsberg said the crossing would also help to relieve traffic congestion at school drop-off and pick-up times thanks to new dedicated turning lanes.

“I’m pleased council is upgrading the intersection as the safety and traffic flow improvements from this project will benefit many Caloundra residents, particularly school children – giving parents and carers ease of mind.

“The works include two new signalised pedestrian crossings and a new three-metre-wide shared pathway between Bower and Ulm streets, running adjacent to the Queen Street Service Lane.

“While car parking will be retained along the Service Lane and Queen Street, some parking areas will be reconfigured to make room for the upgrade.

“Construction started early-August and will be a combination of day and night works from Monday to Friday.

“This is necessary to minimise inconvenience to the community during peak traffic periods, including Caloundra State High School pick-up and drop-off times.

“The project team will continue to keep the local school community, businesses and residents updated as the project progresses.

“We thank our community in advance for your patience and understanding while we deliver these critical improvements.”

The works will continue through the September and October Queensland school holidays to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible.

Construction is expected to be completed in November 2022, weather and site conditions permitting.

To register for email updates about this project, or seek further information, you can contact the project team directly on: queen-bowerproject@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Key features of the intersection upgrade:

  • installing traffic signals for new signalised pedestrian crossings

  • line marking to formalise traffic lanes on Queen and Bower streets

  • an additional west bound traffic lane

  • providing a right turn traffic lane from Queen Street to Bower Street

  • resurfacing Queen Street, between Bower Street and Allen Street

  • a new three-metre-wide shared pathway including two raised priority crossings for pedestrians and cyclists between Bower and Ulm streets (running adjacent to the Queen Street Service Lane)

  • street lighting, landscaping and drainage improvements.