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Cooroy intersection improvements

Overview:

The department has identified preferred options for future improvements to the intersections of Diamond and Elm Streets; and Myall and Elm Streets in Cooroy.

Location:

Diamond and Elm Street; and Myall and Elm Street intersections in Cooroy.

Benefits:

Improving motorist safety and travel reliability, providing pedestrian and cyclist facilities, catering for future traffic growth, easing congestion.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

Current intersections (click for a larger version)

Diamond and Elm Street Myall and Elm Street 

The department has identified preferred options for future improvements to the intersections of Diamond and Elm Streets and Myall and Elm Streets in Cooroy to improve safety and active transport facilities and relieve congestion.

The preferred options involve introducing traffic signals to control traffic movements and provide safe signalised crossing opportunities for active transport users.

Concept designs have been prepared for the preferred options at Diamond and Elm Streets and Myall and Elm Streets intersections in Cooroy.

The Elm and Diamond Streets preferred option has the following features:

  • Two right turn lanes from Elm Street into Diamond Street.
  • Maintains access for all traffic including ‘B-Double’ trucks.
  • Controlled crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Right turns into Cedar Street and Diamond Lane are redirected to a U-turn facility at the traffic signals for safety reasons, these movements would also need to be redirected if a roundabout was introduced.
  • Caters for forecast traffic growth well into the future.

The Elm and Myall Streets preferred option has the following features:

  • Existing traffic lanes are maintained and fully controlled by signals.
  • Maintains access for all traffic including ‘B-Double’ trucks.
  • Controlled crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Caters for forecast traffic growth well into the future.

The preferred options address significant community concerns about the safety and efficiency of the existing intersections. The intersections currently experience queuing during peak times.

Benefits of the preferred options include:

  • traffic movements are fully controlled, reducing the likelihood of motorists misjudging gaps in traffic
  • more even distribution of traffic
  • reduced congestion
  • improved travel time reliability
  • improved active transport facilities
  • traffic signals can be accommodated within existing road reserve.

Other options considered

TMR also investigated installing roundabouts at the intersections. The investigations identified that dual lane roundabouts would be required to accommodate forecast traffic growth and to continue to accommodate B-Double trucks which require a larger turning circle than standard vehicles. Due to the size required, the roundabouts would have required land to be resumed from nearby properties. TMR has ruled out roundabouts as preferred options due to the significantly higher construction costs, impacts to neighbouring land and the safety benefits that signalised intersections provide to active transport users.

Community feedback

We value your input and welcomed feedback about the intersections during a community consultation period held between 23 November 2018 and 18 February 2019. The submission period has now closed and TMR is considering the feedback provided.

Timing

The investigations currently underway are an important first step towards future intersection upgrades. There is currently no funding allocated to complete detailed design or construction of the project. This work will be considered in the future, after assessment of competing priorities and depending on funding availability.

Contact details

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 5451 7055
Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Maroochydore Road improvement works
PO Box 1600 Maroochydore Qld 4558

To receive updates about this project, please register your contact details by emailing northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au or phone the project team on 5451 7055.

Last updated
15 March 2019