- Thursday 18 December 2014
A safer, more functional and visually appealing environment for the benefit of locals, visitors and businesses – these are the outcomes from Sunshine Coast Council’s Alexandra Parade Streetscape Project.
Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said the now-complete $3.5million project has delivered a much safer environment along busy Alexandra Parade as well improving the look and feel of the nearby beach foreshore areas.
“This is a terrific project for the Alexandra Headland community because it has upgraded a heavily utilised area to a standard this area deserves,” he said.
“As well as aesthetic improvements like significant landscaping, new footpaths, new plantings and improved car park areas, the addition of a new signalised pedestrian crossing as well as a major upgrade and relocation of the existing signalised pedestrian crossing means enhanced safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists through this busy area.
“The improved linkages between east and west Alexandra Parade will also mean better access to businesses on the western side of the Alexandra Parade.”
Manager of Capone’s Restaurant on Alexandra Parade, Matt Wearne, said the project had provided a much-needed boost to the appearance and function of Alexandra Parade and surrounds.
“It’s terrific to see some really positive development happening in this area, that is such a focal point for locals and visitors to Alex Headland and the Sunshine Coast,” he said.
“Despite this being a very busy area, we were kept well-informed of what was happening and when by council. The disruption to my business was minimal.”
General Manager of Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club Ashley Robinson said entering and exiting the public foreshore areas and the surf club was now much safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
“The new traffic signals and pedestrian crossing function at the Mari Steet intersection along with the relocated and improved entry and exit to the foreshore carpark makes this area much safer for all concerned,” he said.
“The landscaping and wider footpaths also make this stretch much nicer in appearance.”
The Alexandra Headland Streetscape project improvements include:
• Improved pedestrian and cyclist linkages across Alexandra Parade, connecting the beach, park, skate bowl and Alex SLSC with businesses, holiday accomodation and residential areas.
• Improved landscaping through wider footpaths, shade trees, new street furniture, street lighting, better disability compliance, and a planted median strip along Alexandra Parade.
• Improved safety for motorists by relocating existing vehicle entrance and exits to the public foreshore areas and Alex SLSC.
• Existing traffic signals and pedestrian crossing relocated south to provide more centralised access to nearby businesses, public spaces, foreshore and Alex SLSC.
• An upgrade of the existing bus and coach stops and improved set-down facilities.
• Improved electrical and stormwater network.
Works started in early April with the project constructed in stages to minimise inconvenience to nearby businesses and the broader community.