The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to advise that the $1 million roundabout metering signals at the Caloundra Road, Nicklin Way and Pelican Waters Boulevard intersection have been installed and are now switched on.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will carefully monitor the signals over the next month to ensure they are working as efficiently as possible.
The metering signals have been installed at all four entries to the intersection to balance delays, improve travel time reliability, reduce excessive queuing and enhance safety during peak traffic periods. The signals will also improve access for emergency vehicles and assist to clear queues during incidents.
Unlike normal traffic lights, the roundabout metering signals will only operate when traffic builds up – at all other times normal roundabout rules will apply. TMR anticipates the metering signals to operate throughout the week, including weekends. However, one of the main aims of the metering signals is to help traffic exit the Caloundra CBD between the Monday and Friday afternoon peak.
As motorists approach the roundabout, they will see two things. The first is an illuminated electronic sign that advises if the metering signals are in use, and the second is the roundabout metering signals themselves. The metering signals will be activated when congestion occurs. At all other times, the roundabout metering signals will not operate and will remain unlit. Motorists can then enter the roundabout using normal roundabout rules.
Some vegetation clearing is also required in the roundabout centre to improve visibility and safety for road users. This clearing work is scheduled for late January 2019, weather permitting. TMR will keep clearing works to a minimum to mitigate environmental impacts.
Asphalt rehabilitation will soon commence on approximately 2.2 kilometres of Nicklin Way, northbound, between the Caloundra Road roundabout and Beerburrum Street, Currimundi.
Works will involve removing the asphalt surfacing and some of the lower gravel pavement which will then be replaced with a deep layer of asphalt. Works at the Caloundra Road roundabout and the Beerburrum Street intersections will take place first, followed by the northbound lanes on Nicklin Way between these two locations. The works will take place at night and will take approximately ten weeks to complete, weather permitting.