Construction companies can now tender on a multi-million dollar upgrade of Nicklin Way between Main Drive and Waterview Street.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government was funding the infrastructure upgrade to boost the capacity of Nicklin Way, making life easier for Sunshine Coast motorists, particularly those travelling to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
“This upgrade is part of a program of works under the State Infrastructure Plan to improve access to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital,” Mr Bailey said.
“It was recommended after extensive technical investigations and stakeholder engagement with the property and business owners in the project zone.
“Three intersections at Main Drive, Production Avenue and Waterview Street will be upgraded.
“The upgrade will improve intersection safety and efficiency as well as provide a quicker and more reliable journey for motorists travelling between Main Drive and Waterview Street.”
Mr Bailey said settling on the final design had been a balancing act to deliver improved capacity and safety, while also catering for business owner expectations.
“We have listened to community feedback during the engagement period and finalised an outcome that will improve Nicklin Way while reducing the impacts on local on-street car parking,” he said.
“Construction companies now have the opportunity to tender, with the contract expected to be announced mid-year. Construction is expected to start mid to late 2018.
“The upgrade will include the addition of a third northbound lane on Nicklin Way from Main Drive through to Waterview Street and a left-out turn lane from Production Avenue and Technology Drive to Kawana Way.”
Four roundabouts on Kawana Way at Jamaica Way, Kawana Island Boulevard, Premier Circuit and Metier Linkway have already been upgraded as part of the $22 million program.
“This program is supporting 43 local jobs – a great boost to the Sunshine Coast economy,” Mr Bailey said.
Additional lanes have also been provided at Kawana Way Link Road and Kawana Way in near Woodlands Boulevard.
More information and the project layout can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au by searching for ‘Sunshine Coast University Hospital Access Improvements’.
Meanwhile, work is continuing on $19 million worth of developer funded Nicklin Way upgrades between Beach Drive and Wurley Street.
The work will include upgrades to the Lake Kawana Boulevard intersection to accommodate the Bokarina Beach residential development. These works are expected to be completed by the end of 2018, weather permitting.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey