13 April 2017 | Source: Sunshine Coast Council
More than $18 million will be invested in major intersection upgrades to provide greater access to the heart of the visionary Maroochydore City Centre community.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said an agreement had been reached between the Palaszczuk Government to invest $12.6 million alongside $5.6 million from Sunshine Coast Council for vital intersection upgrades.
“These intersections will pave the way for locals and visitors to access the new city-heart which is taking shape in Maroochydore,” Ms Trad said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is co-investing in road infrastructure for the Maroochydore City Centre to unlock the economic and social benefits of the development, and support up to 60 jobs during construction.
“This important regional project will transform this part of the Sunshine Coast and is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs and add $350 million to the Queensland economy by 2020.
“This is an investment in a project that prioritises active transport and green space and will ensure that this community is a great place for people to live, work and raise their families.”
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the project would ensure safe, easy access to the new community.
“These intersections at Maud Street and First Avenue will be one of the key entry points to our new Maroochydore City Centre, so it’s vital they are upgraded now to cater for additional traffic movements and make it as easy as possible for people to access the area to live, work and do business,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The Aerodrome Road upgrades prioritise active and public transport with new pedestrian paths and crossings, a separated cycle facility and improved access for public transport.
“This project will also create a vibrant, green space to mark the arrival at this key entry to central Maroochydore, with street trees, landscaping and streetscaping a priority in the design.
“The project team will be working hard to undertake construction activities with the least amount of disruption possible, and with safety top of mind, given the high volumes of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.”
The infrastructure will be delivered by Sunshine Coast Council and development company, SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd.
Work starts this month on the First Ave and Maud St intersections on Aerodrome Road, as construction on the Dalby and Bungama St intersections on Maud Street reach completion.
Further details about the upgrades are available on the project webpage.
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