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Sunshine Coast University Hospital access improvements

Overview:

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has allocated $22 million in funding to improve access to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) at Birtinya. A number of projects have been prioritised and endorsed by an interagency Queensland Government taskforce for the access improvements – including works on Kawana Way, Kawana Way Link Road (also known as Caloundra-Mooloolaba Road) and Nicklin Way.

Location:

Various locations near the Kawana health precinct.

Completion:

Upgrades to 4 Kawana Way roundabouts were completed in February 2017. In March 2017, capacity improvements at Kawana Way Link Road from Woodlands Boulevard to the Kawana Way / Creekside Boulevard intersection were also completed. Construction started in September 2018 to improve the capacity of Nicklin Way between Main Drive and Waterview Street and provide a new connection to Kawana Way via Production Avenue. These works are programmed for completion in early 2019, weather and site conditions permitting.

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

Nicklin Way capacity improvements from Main Drive to Waterview Street and connecting Production Avenue to Kawana Way

An additional northbound traffic lane will be provided on Nicklin Way from just south of Main Drive through to Waterview Street, allowing more traffic to clear the 3 intersections on each signal cycle. Traffic turning right from Nicklin Way into Main Drive will be allocated more green arrow time to cater for the additional traffic heading towards the hospital.

Nicklin Way intersections at Main Drive/Wyanda Drive, Production Avenue and Waterview Street/Minkara Street will be upgraded - including introducing traffic signals at Pro duction Avenue to improve safety and efficiency.

The project will also include provision for active transport, including upgrading existing and providing new pedestrian crossings at signalised intersections and constructing a new dedicated on-road lane for northbound cyclists.

Production Avenue will also be extended to provide a new access to Kawana Way which will be left-out only. This new access will distribute traffic more evenly across the network and in turn, ease congestion at existing intersections. 

Landscaping improvements will be delivered on behalf of Sunshine Coast Council as part of the project.

The project involves converting the existing wide shoulder used for informal on-street car parking on Nicklin Way to the additional northbound lane. While some on-street informal parking will need to be removed, the upgrade will provide indented on-street parking where it is safe and cost effective to do so. Seven temporary indented car parks will be provided on Nicklin Way and five on-street car parks will be retained at the eastern end of Production Avenue, in front of retail businesses.  

A contract was awarded to SGQ Pty Ltd in August 2018. Construction started in September 2018 and is programmed to be completed in early 2019, weather and site conditions permitting.  

Due to the nature of the works and the proximity to live traffic, the majority of activities are being completed at night when traffic volumes are lower. This ensures the safety of motorists and workers. Some day works are also required.

View our design layouts for more detail about the Nicklin Way capacity improvements between Main Drive and Waterview Street and Production Avenue extension to Kawana Way:

More information is contained in the August 2018 project flyer.

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.

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

Signals on the approaches to the Kawana Island Boulevard roundabout

Approaches to the Kawana Island Boulevard roundabout have been fitted with amber and red signals to control traffic accessing the roundabout. 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. Once motorists reach the give way line at the roundabout-normal roundabout rules apply.

The new roundabout metering signals feature amber and red lights, along with a sign instructing motorists to ‘stop on red signal’ before they reach the roundabout. 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 Coot-tha 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.

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 Regional Director Ms Barbara van Heerden and members:

  • Ms Naomi Dwyer, 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.
  • June 2017: consultation started with stakeholders impacted by the preferred option for Nicklin Way upgrades between Main Drive and Waterview Street and connecting Production Avenue to Kawana Way.
  • September 2017: Revised layouts released for Nicklin Way upgrade between Main Drive and Waterview Street and Production Avenue extension.
  • April 2018: Construction companies invited to tender on the Nicklin Way upgrade between Main Drive and Waterview Street and Production Avenue extension. 
  • August 2018: A contract was awarded to SGQ Pty Ltd for the Nicklin Way upgrade between Main Drive and Waterview Street and Production Avenue extension. 
  • September 2018: Construction started on the Nicklin Way capacity improvements between Main Drive and Waterview Street and Production Avenue extension.

Kawana Way / Metier Linkway roundabout

Upgrades complete at Kawana Way/Metier Linkway roundabout.

Contact details

Email: SCUH@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: Construction enquiries about the Nicklin Way capacity improvements and Production Avenue extension: 0427 307 354
General enquiries: 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
03 December 2018