Safety first at Forest Glen
  • Thursday 06 December 2012

To ensure that motorists slow down when driving through the busy Forest Glen shopping precinct, Sunshine Coast Council will realign traffic lanes on Mons Road.

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said the line marking works would take place between the BP service station and the Mons Road intersection.

“This stretch of road is an exit from the 100km/hr Bruce Highway and passes through a busy shopping precinct and is nearby to Sunshine Coast Grammar School,” he said.

“The speed at which some vehicles travel through this area has been a concern of for local business owners and council so we are going to condense the existing traffic lanes to one lane in each direction to ensure vehicles slow down in this area and increase safety for pedestrians.

“A zebra crossing and pedestrian refuge were considered during council’s review of this area however these options were not supported due to the safety risk that exists for pedestrians at zebra crossings and the negative impacts on traffic flow and reduction in parking caused by the installation of a refuge.”

Cr Hungerford said access to Sunshine Coast Grammar School would be altered as part of the works to improve safety and parking bays will also be marked on the western side of Mons Road to increase parking capacity.

“Council appreciates that these changes may inconvenience some road users however it considers the improvements to on-street parking and road safety will greatly benefit the wider community,” he said.

“Before undertaking these works, council sought the feedback from local businesses and their support for the proposed changes has been very strong.”

The line marking works are set to take place during the week beginning 10 December and will be completed within two to three days (weather permitting). Traffic management measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists while works are in progress.