- Last updated:
- 23 May 2016
The Brisbane Road Upgrade Project will see the length of road between Culbara Street and Venning Street in Mooloolaba widened to four lanes in multiple stages over a number of years.
When completed, this important project will help to create a sense of arrival to the entrance of Mooloolaba, while respecting its village feel, and providing a pedestrian, bike and bus friendly environment.
Council has completed planning work to upgrade Brisbane Road and Walan Street to four lanes.
Plans include the duplication of the bridges at Tuckers Creek and Mayes Canal, incorporating cycle lanes and giving consideration to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads planning for Coast Connect (Caloundra to Maroochydore Quality Bus Corridor).
The preferred option endorsed by council at an Ordinary Meeting held on Wednesday 2 February 2011, includes:
- a cross section of 33.6m to accommodate two traffic and two transit lanes in each direction including:
- 1.5m on-road cycle lanes
- 4.6m central median and
- 6.5m verge
- the cross section will narrow to 30.6m between Foote Street and Walan Street
- upgrading the intersection at Bindaree Crescent and Woomba Place
- upgrading the intersection at Foote Street
- a 40km/hr speed environment, which will be achieved through roundabouts, side friction from landscape, traffic calming and pedestrian facilities
- commercial nodes, which will be reinforced and expanded around the location of two bus stop locations. One at the island between the two bridges over Tuckers Creek and Mayes Canal and the second between Foote and Walan streets
- a street environment, which will be a mix of avenue and boulevard with a row of street trees on both sides and incremental centre median planting to accommodate a centre row of trees.
For visual representation, please refer to the layouts below:
Stage 1: Tuckers Creek Bridge Duplication
Stage one of the duplication of the bridge over Tuckers Creek and its associated road approaches opened in December 2012.
For safety reasons, motorists cannot turn right from Bindaree Crescent (south). This will continue until the intersection is upgraded in future stages of the Brisbane Road Upgrade Project.
A U-turn facility is available at Pangarinda Place, approximately 200 metres south of Bindaree Crescent for residents travelling north to Mooloolaba.
Where to from here
The next stages of the four lane upgrade project include:
- continuing negotiations with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and TransLink Transit Authority to determine responsibilities and timeframes for its CoastConnect project (which will utilise the upgraded Brisbane Road)
- developing a local area plan to be incorporated into the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme to enable effective implementation of the project
- developing a design and delivery program for future stages of the project for inclusion in the future capital works program and beyond.
Mooloolaba is one of the major coastal tourism destinations on the Sunshine Coast. Consistent with this role, Mooloolaba is experiencing significant development pressure that, when combined with increasing through traffic, is leading to congestion on the roads. It is also making access to the centre of Mooloolaba and its local attractions increasingly difficult.
Recognising this, council is progressing plans to upgrade Brisbane Road to deliver an outcome that supports the local economy, provides accessible public and active transport options and protects our lifestyle.
Mooloolaba Integrated Land Use and Transport Assessment
In 2003, the former Maroochy Shire Council undertook the Mooloolaba Integrated Land Use and Transport Assessment to determine the transport system (including car, public transport, cycle and pedestrian elements) that would best serve the future needs of Mooloolaba.
The study area extended along Brisbane Road from Culbara Street to Walan Street and Walan Street between Brisbane Road and Venning Street.
The scope of the study was to:
- select the preferred road and access option and associated land use pattern that would provide the greatest benefit to the community
- communicate and consult with key stakeholders and the community during the process of selecting the preferred option
- create an urban design framework to assist in the implementation of the preferred option.
The study considered six alternative corridor options, with some alternative corridors considering more than one variation. Council assessed these six alternatives to determine the preferred option (corridor and corridor alignment).
Review of the options
A workshop was held in 2010 to re-examine the direction of the proposed upgrade for Brisbane Road to ensure that future work was consistent with council's vision to be Australia's most sustainable region - vibrant, green, diverse.
Following the workshop, council staff and engineering consultants reviewed the outcomes for further refinement and development of a preferred layout.
Council adopted the preferred layout for Brisbane Road at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 2 February 2011.
The preferred option was the 'variable width, staggered option for Brisbane Road'. This option proposed a four lane carriageway with a central median strip. Duplication of the carriageway was generally on the eastern side, south of Mayes Canal and included on-road cycle facilities. North of Mayes Canal duplication of the carriageway was on the western side.
In 2007, the Queensland Department of Transport started the Caloundra to Maroochydore Quality Bus Corridor Project (Coast Connect) and prepared a draft Concept Design and Impact Management Plan (CDIMP). The project aimed to develop a public transport priority corridor between Caloundra and Maroochydore, integrating with current and future public transport, cycling, pedestrian and road networks. One of the routes travelled along Brisbane Road and onto Alexandra Parade.
The Coast Connect draft CDIMP preferred alignment for Brisbane Road mirrored the alignment prepared for the Mooloolaba Integrated Land Use and Transport Assessment.
For more information, please contact the project coordinator via council's customer service centre.