Safety first at Caloundra State High
  • Saturday 05 November 2011

Dropping off and picking up students at Caloundra State High School is set to become a whole lot safer thanks to Sunshine Coast Council.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the soon-to-begin works were in accordance with council’s commitment to improving road safety around school precincts.

"These improvements are targeted to provide a safer school zone by reconfiguring road space and enhancing parking arrangements in Bower Street and Plover Parade," he said.

"Funding for these improvements has been approved in the 2011/12 capital budget and work will begin in the next couple of weeks."

The improvements at Bower Street will include line marking for car parking along with coloured pavement markings at the Osprey Street and Plover Parade intersections and improvements at the intersection of Bower Street and Plover Parade.

Construction of car parking along the length of Plover Parade will include new pavement and resurfacing work, while the existing pathway will be relocated and widened. Tree plantings will also be included in the traffic islands adjacent to the intersections of Rufous Court, Thrush Street and Egret Court along Plover Parade.

Cr Dwyer said consultation with the school had been an integral part of the development of the project.

"To ensure this project has the desired effect it was crucial that council discuss the best course of action with the school to work out the specific areas where improvements were needed," he said.

"Efficient and safe traffic management and parking arrangements around schools is absolutely vital and I’m really pleased to deliver that to Caloundra State High."

Work is scheduled to commence in the week beginning 21 November and completion is expected within eight weeks (weather permitting). During construction, some property access may be affected for short durations. Council officers will contact residents, where relevant, to discuss timing for access or parking if work is likely to block entrances.

Traffic management measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.