Sod turning marks start of Evans Street Upgrade
  • Wednesday 15 April 2015
Evans Street Upgrade Maroochydore

Council’s $20 million upgrade of Evans Street in Maroochydore is now officially underway.

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson turned the first sod at the Evans Street site today, celebrating the start of work on this vital transport corridor to the Sunshine Coast’s new city centre.

The project forms part of Council’s $114 million 2014/2015 capital works program and according to Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson, is one of the biggest projects undertaken by this Council.

"This upgrade is significant, both in terms of its size and the benefits it will deliver,” Cr Thompson said.

“This upgrade will not only provide an efficient transport route to the new city centre, but will ease congestion along Evans Street and surrounding roads.

“Road safety improvements, plus greater connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport will also be delivered.”

Key features of the upgrade will include the delivery of a four-lane road from Maroochydore Road to Plaza Parade and two new signalised intersections at School Road and Millwell Road East.

A proposed U-turn facility at the Maroochydore Road intersection will enable commuters to access Primary School Court when travelling north on Evans Street.

Visual amenity will also be enhanced in the area using landscaping and structural elements along the corridor, drawing on Maroochydore’s local character and history.

“Maroochydore is a vibrant and thriving community,” Cr Thompson said.

“Through better planning and improvements to local roads like Evans Street, we will meet the challenge that comes with a growing population and make this town an even better place to live and do business.”

Councillor Jason OPray thanked the local community for their input during the project’s design phase.

“Feedback from local businesses and residents helped shape the final design of the upgrade and their input is greatly appreciated by Council,” Cr OPray said.

“With sound planning and infrastructure, we can continue to enjoy the lifestyle we’ve all come to love.”

Construction of the Evans Street Upgrade will be staged to minimise inconvenience to local businesses, residents and motorists.

To enable Evans Street to operate during construction, the two new lanes will first be constructed to the west of the existing Evans Street. Once complete, the two new lanes will be opened to traffic and the existing Evans Street will be closed for improvements.

Temporary lane closures and changed traffic conditions will be required to facilitate construction. Council will be communicating with the local community throughout the construction period.

Construction is being managed by Sunshine Coast Council and is expected to be completed early 2017.