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New safe passage over motorway

A ‘missing link’ connecting Buderim and Sippy Downs will ensure pedestrians and cyclists can move safely between neighbourhoods.

A new stand-alone pedestrian and cycle bridge, influenced by nature’s beauty, will soon complete a ‘missing link’’ between two key areas.

The three-metre-wide Stringybark Road bridge will span the Sunshine Motorway, connecting Buderim and Sippy Downs and providing a safe passage between the education precincts.

Sunshine Coast Council’s liveability and natural assets group executive Bill Haddrill says the $11.8 million project is essential for ensuring the neighbouring communities can actively move about safely.

“The new bridge will be separate from the vehicle bridge and will provide a shared pathway for bicycle riders and pedestrians to use for commuting or leisure,” Mr Haddrill says.

“In addition to the new bridge, the pathway on the existing vehicle bridge will be removed and the bridge reconfigured to provide on-road cycle lanes on both sides.

“The separation of both ensures all users can cross over the motorway safely, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to adopt more sustainable methods of transport.

“Importantly, the works provide a vital safe route over the Sunshine Motorway for residents and students making their way to the nearby Sippy Downs and Buderim schools, UniSC (University of the Sunshine Coast) or the local shops.”

He says the bridge has been architecturally designed with decorative elements that complement the surrounding area and are influenced by the local forest canopy and birds.

“These elements cast patterns onto the bridge during the night and day.”

The bridge will be softly lit at night to ensure safety and clear sight lines for all users.

Construction began this month and is anticipated to be completed later this year. The project is supported by the Queensland government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program and Sunshine Coast Council.

For more information, visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and search for ‘Sippy Downs Stringybark Road pedestrian and cycle bridge’.

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