Project update: Nicklin Way capacity improvements and new Kawana Way access


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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to provide an update on the Nicklin Way capacity improvements and new Kawana Way access project.


The project involves upgrades to Nicklin Way between Main Drive and Waterview Street and providing a new access to Kawana Way via Production Avenue. It is being delivered under the Queensland Government’s State Infrastructure Plan to boost the capacity of Nicklin Way and enhance traffic flow to and from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.


Construction progress

As you may be aware, the contractor recommenced construction on 7 January 2019 following a two-week Christmas break. Works over the next month will involve asphalt overlays at intersections, installing and upgrading traffic signals, laying the final asphalt surface, completing pedestrian facilities, line marking (including new on-road cycle facilities) and landscaping.


Construction is expected to be completed in March 2019, site and weather conditions permitting.

Temporary road closures

Temporary road closures will be required intermittently during asphalt works on Nicklin Way from mid-February 2019 for up to three weeks, weather permitting. This will fast-track the construction process and safeguard motorists and road workers.

Main Drive, Production Avenue, Waterview Street and Minkara Street will be temporarily closed over some nights so asphalt can be laid where each road joins Nicklin Way. Local traffic will be detoured and Nicklin Way will operate with one lane in each direction.

Asphalt works will be staged so only one Nicklin Way intersection is affected at a time. It is expected that each local road will be temporarily closed for up to four nights, weather permitting.

Once the asphalt works are complete, further intermittent road closures will be required to install underground traffic signal infrastructure and linemark the intersections.

Timeframes for each temporary night-time road closure will be displayed on construction signage throughout the project site.

Motorists are advised to follow the directional signage and allow extra travel time. Police and traffic controllers will be in attendance to assist motorists if required. Priority access and entry will be given to emergency vehicles through the work zones.

Removal of on-street parking

From end of this weekinformal on-street parking will be progressively removed on the western side of Nicklin Way from the sports ground access to approximately 30m north of Waterview Street. This is a permanent arrangement and will make way for the new northbound lane on Nicklin Way.


Road construction signage and bollards will be in place to alert motorists to the no parking arrangement. TMR thanks you in advance for your cooperation.

Nicklin Way intersection improvements

The local community will begin to notice some improvements at the Nicklin Way intersections between Main Drive and Waterview Street as the project comes to an end.

These improvements will include:

Nicklin Way/Main Drive intersection:

—  A two-stage signalised pedestrian crossing (on Nicklin Way) will replace the continuous pedestrian crossing at the southern leg of the intersection. This means pedestrians will stop in the centre island and wait for a green pedestrian lantern before crossing the next carriageway of Nicklin Way.

—  A new zebra crossing on the left-turn slip lane from Main Drive to Nicklin Way.

—  The U-turn facility at the southern leg of the intersection (on Nicklin Way) will be relocated to the sports ground access.

Nicklin Way/Production Avenue intersection:

—  New traffic signals on Nicklin Way to manage and promote turning movements into Production Avenue. Once the signals are operational, TMR will open the new left-out access from Production Avenue to Kawana Way.

—  An extended right-turn lane on Nicklin Way (southbound) to increase turning capacity into Production Avenue.

—  A two-stage signalised pedestrian crossing will replace the continuous pedestrian crossing at the southern leg of the intersection (on Nicklin Way).

Nicklin Way/Waterview Street/Minkara Street intersection:

—  Removal of left-turn slip lanes to and from Nicklin Way at all four legs of the intersection.

—  Modified traffic signals to fully control all turning movements, including left-turns.

—  A two-stage signalised pedestrian crossing will replace the continuous pedestrian crossing at the southern leg of the intersection (on Nicklin Way).


A design layout showing the intersection improvements is available at

Working hours

The majority of construction activities are being undertaken at night while traffic volumes are lower for the safety of road users and roadworkers. Some day works are also required.

General working hours are:

·       Day works: Monday to Friday, 6am to 6pm

·       Night works: Sunday to Thursday, 6pm to 5am.


The contractor will endeavour (where possible) to minimise noise impacts by not undertaking higher noise activities (including jack hammering, pavement milling and profiling) between 11pm and 6am.


TMR apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks you for your continued patience during these works.

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