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Sunshine Coast University Hospital access improvements

Overview:

A $22 million funding package was allocated to improve access to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) at Birtinya. 4 roundabouts on Kawana Way have been upgraded and additional lanes are being installed at Kawana Way Link Road (also known as Caloundra-Mooloolaba Road) and Kawana Way in the vicinity of Woodlands Boulevard. Investigations are continuing into further improvements.

Location:

Various locations near the Kawana health precinct.

Completion:

The Kawana Way roundabout upgrades were completed at the end of February 2017. Capacity improvements at Kawana Way Link Road (also known as Caloundra-Mooloolaba Road) from Woodlands Boulevard to the Kawana Way / Creekside Boulevard intersection were completed in March 2017.

Benefits:

The project will improve access to the new SCUH.

Funding:

$22 million project funded by the Queensland Government under the State Infrastructure Plan.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

Kawana Way roundabouts

Kawana Way roundabouts at Jamaica Way, Kawana Island Boulevard, Premier Circuit and Metier Linkway have been upgraded to include 2 through lanes for Kawana Way.

The upgrades include:

  • dual approach lanes in each direction
  • off-road cycle lanes
  • improved lighting
  • amber and red traffic signals and traffic monitoring camera at Kawana Island Boulevard for use during heavy traffic. 

Dual lanes continue in both directions along Kawana Way between Premier Circuit and Metier Linkway. In other locations, traffic merges into a single lane upon exiting the roundabouts. ‘Form 1 lane’ signs are in place and dual lane markings end. In this situation, when 2 lines of cars go down to 1 lane; you must give way to vehicles ahead.

Merge rules

View our layout maps for more detail about the Jamaica Way and Kawana Island Boulevard roundabout upgrades.

Kawana Island Boulevard traffic signals

The Kawana Island Boulevard roundabout has been fitted with amber and red signals to control traffic flow. The traffic signals will work in conjunction with in-pavement vehicle detectors located on approach to the roundabout, to create gaps in the flow of traffic along Kawana Way during peak periods. This will help manage traffic on Kawana Island Boulevard and improve traffic flow. The technique is known as roundabout metering.

The new roundabout metering signals feature amber and red lights, along with a sign instructing motorists to ‘stop on red signal’. In addition, a new CCTV camera will monitor traffic conditions.

The signals will be triggered when loops in the road detect traffic queuing. On the Kawana Way southern approach, loops are located 100m and 200m from the stop line to meter the Kawana Island approach, the two sets of loops will enable TMR to run different time settings depending on the level of congestion.

Kawana Island Boulevard approach loops are located at 63m from the stop line to meter the Kawana Way northern approach. TMR will be closely monitoring the signals and traffic conditions during the initial months after the upgrades are complete. Traffic engineers will refine the trigger points over time, depending on traffic conditions.

Roundabout metering signals are also in place on Karawatha Drive on the approach to the roundabout that intersects with the Sunshine Motorway/Mountain Creek off-ramp to create gaps in the flow of traffic from Karawatha Drive during peak periods.

Roundabout metering is already in place on the eastern end of Kawana Island Boulevard at the intersection with Melody Court on Sunshine Coast Council-controlled roads.

In addition, roundabout metering has been in place for many years in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong at the Mount Cootha Road roundabout.

Unlike normal traffic lights, the signals only operate when traffic builds up - at all other times normal roundabout rules will apply.
The signal displays will be red and yellow, (there will be no green):  

  • Red means drivers must stop
  • Yellow means prepare to stop

If there is no red or yellow signal, drivers can move to the roundabout, following the usual roundabout rules, and give way.

Kawana Way Link Road from just south of Woodlands Boulevard to Creekside Boulevard/Kawana Way intersection

Capacity has been improved at Kawana Way Link Road from just south of Woodlands Boulevard to Creekside Boulevard/Kawana Way intersection, south of the SCUH.

View our layout map for more detail about the Kawana Way Link Road capacity improvements.

The project involved widening the road, to allow for:

  • 2 traffic lanes in both directions
  • an extended left turn lane from Kawana Way Link road into Woodlands Boulevard
  • additional left turn lane from Kawana Way Link Road to Kawana Way
  • 2 dedicated right turn lanes from Kawana Way to Kawana Way Link Road
  • dedicated through lane from Kawana Way to Creekside Boulevard.
  • on-road cycling provisions on Creekside Boulevard. 

SCUH interagency taskforce

An interagency Queensland Government taskforce was established in late 2015.

The taskforce is being led by Transport and Main Roads North Coast District Director Doug Wass and members:

  • Mr Kevin Hegarty, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services and Department of Health
  • Mr Warren Bunker, Sunshine Coast Council
  • Ms Iona Beauly, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Ms Frances Bottle, Department of State Development
  • Mr Tony Riddle, Regional Development Australia
  • Mr Garth Nolan, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
  • Mr Andy Meyer, Transport and Main Roads.

Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) technology

The department has upgraded signalised intersections along Nicklin Way and Kawana Way with technology that will give green lights to emergency service vehicles with priority cases.

The technology will be switched on once the hospital is open and has improved response times in other areas across Queensland where it has been applied. 

View our Emergency Vehicle Priority page for more information.

Key milestones 

  • July 2016: construction started on upgrades to 4 roundabouts on Kawana Way.
  • October 2016: construction started on capacity improvements on Kawana Way Link Road from just south of Woodlands Boulevard to the Creekside Boulevard/Kawana Way intersection.
  • February 2017: 4 roundabouts on Kawana Way upgraded
  • March 2017: capacity improved on Kawana Way Link Road.

Kawana Way / Metier Linkway roundabout

Upgrades complete at Kawana Way/Metier Linkway roundabout.

Contact details

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 5451 7055 (during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm)
Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore QLD 4558
Last updated
17 March 2017