Member for Buderim, Brent Mickelberg MP, today called on the Minister for Transport and Main Roads to make fixing the Sugar Road - Mooloolaba Road intersection a priority.
“Sugar Road and Mooloolaba Road are congested and dangerous. Works to upgrade the entire interchange need to start now, not in 3 or 4 years time.” Mr Mickelberg said.
“Every morning and afternoon it takes 3 or 4 changes of lights for cars to get through the intersection. As a consequence, drivers take stupid risks like running the red light, which only endangers themselves and others. Further down the hill, the roundabout at Wises Road and Sugar Road is treacherous and to top things off, cars often back up the exit ramp onto the Sunshine Motorway, even in light traffic conditions. The entire interchange is a mess”.
The LNP’s Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Steve Minnikin understands the importance of prioritising upgrades to roads such as this one and, like the LNP Leader Deb Frecklington, he too has seen the problems that exist here on the ground.
“The Sunshine Coast has reduced weekly passenger rail services and combined with a lack of action with roadworks it is adding to congestion in this fast growing part of the state” Mr Minnikin said.
Mr Mickelberg said “The Sunshine Coast population is growing at an ever-increasing rate and we need to ensure that our roads and public transport keep up with the increase in demand. The only way that is going to happen is if the State Government commit to funding important upgrades like this one”.
“Last year the Minister advised me that the Government was planning for an upgrade at the Buderim-Mooloolaba Road Interchange, including the Sugar Road and Mooloolaba Road intersection and that plans should be completed by the end of 2018. I’ve yet to see those plans or any commitment to fund the much-needed upgrades”.
“$10m has been indicatively allocated for works in 2021 – 22; however, work needs to start sooner than that. The new Maroochydore Town Centre is only going to place even more pressure on this interchange so I am calling on the Minister to make funding these upgrades a priority in this year’s budget”.
“Last Wednesday I showed Minister Mark Bailey and his Departmental staff the problems that exist on the ground. I appreciate him taking the time to view the problems that exist here on the Coast and I look forward to his support translating Departmental plans into a fix for local residents”.
“Prior to the last election it was clear that the community was crying out for these works to be completed, which is why the LNP committed to upgrade the Sugar Road – Mooloolaba Road Intersection and it’s why I will continue to fight to ensure these upgrades are completed”.
“Improving the Sugar-Mooloolaba Road intersection is one of my top priorities and I will continue to fight to ensure the people of Buderim get their share”.
“I have a petition running which calls on the Government to upgrade this intersection. I encourage all those who use sit in traffic here to get online at www.mooloolabaroadupgrade.com.au and add their name to the campaign”. Mr Mickelberg said.