The Queensland Government has awarded the contract to improve access to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, via Nicklin Way, to a local business.
SGQ Pty Ltd will undertake the works, which will see an additional northbound traffic lane added to Nicklin Way from Main Drive to Waterview Street and provide a new access to Kawana Way via Production Avenue.
Works also involve improving traffic signals for motorists turning right into Main Drive, new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at the Production Avenue intersection and building an on-road lane for northbound bike riders.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project will boost the capacity of Nicklin Way and to enhance traffic flow to the hospital.
“It will address the current peak-hour congestion caused when southbound motorists on Nicklin Way turn right and overflow into through traffic lanes,” Mr. Bailey said.
“This will be a welcome improvement for the 40,000 motorists who use this section daily.”
Mr. Bailey said Production Avenue would also be extended to provide an additional left-out access to Kawana Way.
“This new intersection will allow left turns onto Kawana Way which will distribute traffic more evenly across the network and in turn, ease congestion at existing intersections,” he said.
Mr Bailey said the upgrade supplemented works already completed to improve access to the new hospital, which total a combined $22 million package of works.
“Four roundabouts on Kawana Way have been upgraded and additional lanes installed at the Kawana Way Link Road intersection with Kawana Way near Woodlands Boulevard,” he said.
“Works on this latest package are expected to start in the coming months and be finished in time for Christmas, weather permitting.