Up­grade plans

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS WEL­COME -

COM­MU­NITY views are be­ing sought on the pro­posed de­sign of two ma­jor in­ter­change up­grades on the Bruce Hwy near For­est Glen on the Sun­shine Coast.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Dar­ren Ch­ester said the pro­posed in­ter­change up­grades at Ma­roochy­dore and Nam­bour Con­nec­tion Rds would im­prove safety and ef­fi­ciency for lo­cal, tourist and freight traf­fic mov­ing through this sec­tion of the high­way.

“This project rep­re­sents a ma­jor in­vest­ment in vi­tal trans­port in­fra­struc­ture that will sup­port eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in rapidly grow­ing ar­eas of the Sun­shine Coast, and I urge the com­mu­nity to pro­vide in­put into the de­sign phase,” Mr Ch­ester said.

“When com­pleted, the up­grade will pro­vide peo­ple liv­ing, work­ing and com­mut­ing in the ar­eas of For­est Glen, Bud­erim, Ma­roochy­dore and Nam­bour with sub­stan­tially im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity to lo­cal roads while de­liv­er­ing safer, faster ac­cess to the high­way.

Queens­land Min­is­ter for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bai­ley said ap­pointed con­trac­tor WSP would in­cor­po­rate com­mu­nity feed­back be­fore de­liv­er­ing a de­tailed busi­ness case on the pre­ferred op­tion, in­clud­ing a pri­ori­tised scope of fu­ture works and es­ti­mated costs.

“WSP will also de­liver a re­port into fu­ture up­grades on the Bruce High­way be­tween the Sun­shine Mo­tor­way and the Ma­roochy­dore Road in­ter­change at the end of the year,” Mr Bai­ley said.

“As the ma­jor freight route, these up­grades will sup­port the Bruce High­way’s abil­ity to fa­cil­i­tate the safe and ef­fi­cient move­ment of re­gional and in­ter-re­gional freight and traf­fic well into the fu­ture.”

Mem­ber for Fair­fax Ted O’Brien said the pro­posed de­sign in­cluded a new four-lane east­bound bridge over the Bruce High­way, ser­vice roads east and west of the high­way and sig­nals at each junc­tion to the Ma­roochy­dore/Nam­bour Con­nec­tion Roads round­about.

“New north-south ser­vice roads run­ning along­side the Bruce High­way are also part of the up­grade and will link Mons and Ma­roochy­dore Roads, en­abling the di­ver­sion of lo­cal traf­fic from the high­way and pro­vid­ing a safer op­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents and com­muters alike,” Mr O’Brien said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the feed­back process, con­tact Trans­port and Main Roads’ North Coast of­fice at north­coast@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Project in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

COM­MU­NITY FEED­BACK: It’s not too late to have your say on the high­way up­grade.

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