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Mooloolah River interchange—Kawana Arterial and Sunshine Motorway upgrade (MRI project)


The department is progressing investigations for future major upgrades of the Sunshine Motorway at Mountain Creek to improve safety and provide better connections between existing and planned future arterial roads to form a new Mooloolah River interchange.


Sunshine Motorway - Mooloolah River interchange, Mountain Creek.


The detailed business case will be completed mid-2020.


This project will improve safety and efficiency and cater for future traffic demand and growth on the Sunshine Coast.


$7.5 million Queensland Government funding.

North Coast Region

Project info

The department is progressing investigations for a range of major upgrades in the area of the Sunshine Motorway – Mooloolah River interchange, including expanded lane connections, new river crossing and intersection upgrades.


Preliminary planning is complete and a preferred planning option has been developed for a new Mooloolah River interchange and the department is currently preserving the land required to accommodate the project.

The preferred planning option includes:

  • a new interchange and Mooloolah River crossing to connect to Kawana Way. This crossing will be compatible with a future connection to the proposed Kawana Arterial Road
  • a new northbound connection from Nicklin Way to Brisbane Road
  • an upgrade of the east-west section of the Sunshine Motorway from 2 to 4 lanes between the Kawana Way interchange and the new Mooloolah River interchange
  • a direct connection to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital precinct via a new 2-lane road connecting Kawana Way at Parrearra and crossing the Mooloolah River connecting into the new Mooloolah River interchange
  • a new direct connection for northbound traffic from Nicklin Way to Brisbane Road and Mooloolaba
  • a new link to accommodate local traffic movements between Brisbane Road and Karawatha Drive.

Preferred planning option

Project benefits

When constructed, the preferred planning option will:

  • reduce crashes and traffic weaving on the Sunshine Motorway near Mountain Creek
  • improve connectivity for the Sunshine Coast region with new Mooloolah River crossings
  • improve capacity and travel time reliability.

Contact details

Phone: 07 5451 7055

Community info

The project team is working with property owners whose land may be impacted by the alignment to advise them of their options under TMR’s early acquisition policy.

To receive updates about this project, please register your contact details by emailing or phone the project team on 5451 7055.

Last updated
03 June 2019