The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is undertaking a business case for the future upgrade of the Caloundra Road, Kawana Way Link Road and Bells Creek Arterial Road intersection in Caloundra.

This intersection will form part of a new north–south, intra-regional motorway (Sunshine Motorway, through the upgraded Mooloolah River Interchange, onto Kawana Motorway, Kawana Way Link Road, and Bells Creek Arterial Road to the Bruce Highway).

A 2-staged approach to the intersection is proposed. The Stage 1 upgrade forms part of the longer-term Stage 2 upgrade.

The community provided initial feedback in November 2021. Further feedback on updated concept designs was sought in early 2023.

The feedback provided will be considered as TMR finalise the business case for this project.

Detailed design and construction will be subject to future funding availability in consideration of competing priorities across the state.

A 2-staged approach to planning

Planning has identified a grade-separated upgrade solution to manage future traffic demands in the long term (Stage 2), and an interim traffic signal upgrade, to reduce congestion and improve travel times and safety in the shorter-term (Stage 1).

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Click on the tabs below to learn more about the key features of the concept designs for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 upgrades.

Stage 1 map

Stage 1 – A signalised intersection

 A map describing the key features of Stage 1

TMR proposes to replace the existing roundabout with a 4-way signalised intersection in the shorter-term. This would reduce congestion, improve travel times and safety, and could be delivered sooner than a grade-separated interchange (the long-term solution).

Download the project newsletter to find out more about stage 1.

Stage 2 map

Stage 2 – A new interchange with an overpass (Stage 1 forms part of the longer-term upgrade)

A map describing the key features of Stage 2

Building on the stage 1 upgrade, Stage 2 will upgrade to a grade-separated interchange. This will meet future increased traffic demands resulting from ongoing urban growth.

Download the project newsletter to find out more about Stage 2.


Thank you for your feedback

Community consultation was undertaken from 1 to 26 November 2021. This initial feedback was used to refine the concept designs.

Further feedback on the updated concept designs was sought from the community from 31 January to 16 February 2023.

Since community consultation began in 2021, TMR has received over 700 pieces of feedback via survey responses, telephone calls, meetings, and emails to the project team.

  • 14,400+

    visits to the consultation portal

  • 700 +

    comments and surveys completed via the online consultation portal

  • 7,500 +

    views on the project webpage

  • 200+

    comments on social media

What we heard

Feedback raised during consultation included:

  • skip the Stage 1 upgrade and move straight to the longer-term solution
  • include additional turning lanes
  • do not add traffic lights
  • bike and pedestrian paths need to be included
  • an overpass is very important
  • keep the roundabout.

Once detailed design progresses, TMR will continue to refine designs while considering all feedback received from the community and key stakeholders.