- Thursday 21 January 2016
Traffic flow near Coolum State School will improve after council upgrades the intersection at South Coolum Road, School Road and Yandina-Coolum Road.
Construction is now underway, with the majority of the first stage to be completed before the school term starts (weather permitting). Once school resumes, work will stop during school peak hours to minimise disruption.
Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson said the upgrade involved adding left turn slip lanes to the South Coolum road approaches of the roundabout.
“The improvements will ensure that this intersection is safer for vehicles, bike riders and pedestrians, and will benefit our entire community,” Cr Robinson said.
“The upgrade will ease congestion at the roundabout, which has previously been an issue for school traffic at morning peak hour periods.
“We’re constructing the northern left turn lane first and will be doing everything we can to complete that in the next few weeks, including working on Saturdays.
“If construction does need to continue after school starts, the project team will make sure there is no disruption to traffic during the peak school drop-off and pick-up times.
“We will not be stopping traffic during work, and there will be no road closures or detours.
“Council is committed to increasing road safety across the region and this just one road project in council’s $183 million Capital Works Program.
“While the intersection is a State Government asset, due to the long term traffic issues at the roundabout council has decided to fund this interim solution to assist the community with improved traffic flow. We would like to thank the Department of Transport and Main Roads for their assistance during this process.”
Parking may be limited immediately adjacent the roundabout during both stages of construction, but will be restored once work is complete. Traffic management measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.