Locals and visitors alike will know the traffic headache of trying to get into the heart of Mooloolaba from Brisbane Road. To address the congestion, extensive roadworks are underway and are set to continue until 2023. The Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade (MTCU) is a Sunshine Coast Council initiative to widen Brisbane Road and Walan Street to four traffic lanes.
Work began in February 2019. In addition to improving traffic flow, this project will enhance the southern entrance into Mooloolaba and create a corridor for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users.
Stage 1a was completed in October 2019 and included the extension of Naroo Court through to Muraban Street, with construction of a new roundabout.
Stage 1b has now started and is expected to be completed in late 2020. This involves the widening of Walan Street between Venning Street and Smith Street to four traffic lanes and the installation of new additions such as pedestrian crossings, median strips and landscaping.
Stage 2 construction will run from 2021 and 2022 and will involve the Brisbane Road upgrade between 42 Brisbane Road and Kyamba Court.
Stage 3 (2022-2023) will upgrade the intersection between Brisbane Road, Walan Street and Hancock Street to four lanes and cycle lanes will be added. Stage 4 (2023) involves the upgrade of Brisbane Road between Bindaree Crescent and Culbara Street to four traffic lanes and connecting to Tuckers Creek Bridge.
Find out more on the project website at sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Council/Planning-and-Projects/Infrastructure-Projects/Mooloolaba-Transport-Corridor-Upgrade.
What to expect during construction
Construction hours for stage 1b works will primarily be 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Sunshine Coast Council will make every effort to minimise impacts to the local community during construction, however, throughout the construction period there will be:
- changed traffic conditions – reduced speed limits, temporary lane closures, traffic and pedestrian realignments, traffic control,
- permanent changes to on-street parking,
- temporary and permanent changes to some driveways,
- the use of machinery and increased heavy vehicle movements, and
- construction noise (mitigation measures will be used).
All construction is weather and site conditions permitting.
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