The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to advise you that construction for the Nicklin Way capacity improvements and Production Avenue extension is scheduled to begin over the next week.
Nicklin Way capacity improvements and Production Avenue extension
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 new Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Works will involve:
· providing an additional northbound traffic lane on Nicklin Way from just south of Main Drive to Waterview Street
· improving traffic signals to allocate more green arrow time for motorists turning right from Nicklin Way into Main Drive
· upgrading the Nicklin Way intersections with Main Drive/Wyanda Drive and Waterview Street/Minkara Street to improve safety and efficiency for motorists and pedestrians
· introducing new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at the Nicklin Way intersection with Production Avenue
· constructing a new dedicated on-road lane for northbound cyclists
· creating a left-out access from Production Avenue to Kawana Way
· landscaping improvements.
Copies of design layouts for the project are available at https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/S/Sunshine-Coast-University-Hospital-access-improvements.
A combination of day and night works will be undertaken to complete the project. Due to nature of the works and the proximity to live traffic, the majority of activities will need to be completed at night when traffic volumes are lower. This will ensure the safety of motorists and workers.
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.
What to expect:
- Initial works: During the first couple of weeks, the construction crew will focus on setting up traffic and environmental controls, minor vegetation clearing, weed spraying, surveying, pavement investigations, location of services (such as water, power and telecommunication lines) and electrical works at intersections. This will involve both day and night works.
- Traffic control: Road shoulder and lane closures will be required during working hours and short-term disruptions can be expected. Roadworks signage will be in place to assist and direct road users during the construction period. Priority access and entry through the work zone will be given to emergency vehicles.
- Noise and dust: Noise and possible dust from construction activities and heavy machinery can be expected. Reversing beepers and flashing lights are a safety requirement and will be used at times during work hours.
- Increased construction traffic: Residents and business operators can expect increased construction traffic.
· Temporary lighting: Lighting towers will be used to light work areas at night.
· Temporary access changes: Some temporary access changes may be required during construction. The construction team will liaise with affected property owners and businesses prior to these changes occurring.
· Removal of on-street parking: Some informal on-street parking will need to be removed on Nicklin Way and Production Avenue as part of the project. The construction team will liaise with adjacent businesses and residents prior to the removal of the informal parking.
From mid-September 2018, night works will be undertaken to remove existing pavement and lay new asphalt at various locations across the site. The night works are required to safeguard motorists and workers due to their close proximity to live traffic, and fast-track the construction process. Residents will experience increased noise during these works. The contractor will contact nearby residents to provide details about these noisier night works before they begin. We apologise for any inconvenience.
TMR understands roadworks can be frustrating for the local community and will endeavour to complete these works as quickly as possible. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.
It is anticipated that construction will take around four months to complete, weather and site conditions permitting.
For more information, please contact the project team on 0427 307 354 or email SCUH@tmr.qld.gov.au.
If you would like to receive SMS updates about project activities and construction, please email your name, mobile number and street address to SCUH@tmr.qld.gov.au.