- Thursday 07 February 2013
The journey to school and university will now be safer and easier for hundreds of Sunshine Coast students, with council’s $7 million upgrade to Sippy Downs Drive completed over the Christmas break, in time for the new semester.
The upgrade, which extends along the front boundary of the University of the Sunshine Coast, included removing the roundabout and installing traffic signals and turning lanes at the Stringybark Road intersection.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said this project was the first in a series of road upgrades that would occur in the area as the new Sippy Downs Town Centre is constructed.
“This $7 million upgrade will promote sustainable transport, improve safety and help boost the economy,” said Mayor Jamieson.
“The turning lanes, cycle lanes and footpaths will make things easier for buses, cyclists and pedestrians, which will hopefully encourage residents to leave their cars at home.
“The Sippy Downs Town Centre will stimulate the local economy and this upgrade will make it easier for locals – and the growing number of university students – to access the area.”
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said improving the safety of residents and students was a priority for council.
“There is a lot of traffic that comes along this road each day – about 2100 per hour in peak periods – and for the many young children heading to and from school the signalised crossing points at the intersection will greatly improve their safety,” said Cr Dickson.
“This upgrade has also made things easier for drivers with improved traffic flow and has significantly enhanced the look and feel of the intersection.”
The Queensland Government contributed $616,000 to the upgrade of the pedestrian and cycling facilities.
Member for Kawana Jarrod Blejiie said he was pleased to see the funding help provide such important cyclist and pedestrian facilities for the growing Sippy Downs community.
The upgrade also included undergrounding the electricity supply, new pedestrian & street lighting, a landscaped central median, two traffic lanes in each direction, an on road bicycle lane, parallel parking bays and a four metre wide pathway.
Further upgrades along the northern side of Sippy Downs Drive will be completed by developers of the Sippy Downs Town Centre when they commence construction.