Overview

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is investigating options to improve safety and reduce congestion at the Caloundra Road, Kawana Way Link Road and Bells Creek Arterial Road intersection in Caloundra.

TMR is planning to deliver a staged intersection upgrade that will form part of a new north–south motorway (Sunshine Motorway, through the new Mooloolah River Interchange, onto Kawana Motorway, Kawana Way Link Road and Bells Creek Arterial Road to the Bruce Highway).

The community was invited to view the concept layouts and provide feedback in a survey, via email, phone or mail to the project team or at drop-in information sessions.

Submissions closed on 26 November 2021. Further consultation will be undertaken in 2022.

The comments provided will help TMR develop business case solutions. Detailed design and construction will be subject to future funding availability in consideration of competing statewide priorities.

For further information about this project, visit the project web page.

Options evaluation

Planning has identified a grade-separated upgrade solution to manage future traffic demands in the longer term and an interim traffic-signal upgrade, which would reduce congestion and improve travel times in the shorter term. The traffic signals are designed to be compatible with, and form a part of, the longer term grade-separated solution.

As part of early planning, TMR evaluated various options for upgrades against criteria such as cost, community benefit, travel speeds and improvements, traffic weaving, safety and environmental impacts. Planning considered the specific details of this intersection including its location, size and the number of traffic lanes connecting from each direction, along with current and forecast traffic volumes.

Stage 1 (shorter term)

TMR proposes to replace the existing roundabout with a 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 longer term solution).

This interim option:

  • would be constructed slightly west of the current roundabout
  • includes signalised pedestrian crossings to improve safety for pedestrians and bike riders
  • provides a shorter term solution to current congestion and delays, however would need to be upgraded further to a grade-separated interchange to cater for forecast traffic volumes in the longer term
  • would form the first stage of the proposed longer term solution (i.e. the longer term solution would retain this shorter term solution as part of the overall design). It would allow for Stage 2 to be constructed effectively with reduced impact to traffic.

View the concept design for the proposed Stage 1 upgrade option.

Current cost estimate: $25 million (will be refined during the business case development).

Stage 2 (longer term)

In the longer term, TMR proposes to upgrade this intersection to a grade-separated interchange. This would address future increased traffic demands resulting from ongoing urban growth.

This option:

  • uses the Stage 1 solution as part of the overall design
  • provides a new interchange with a flyover (overpass) between Kawana Way Link Road and Bells Creek Arterial Road
  • will further improve safety and travel time with the flyover separating north–south traffic from the east-west Caloundra Road traffic. The flyover is proposed for north–south as this would allow for high speed travel along the new north–south motorway connection (refer to the project map for this new connection).

View the concept design for the proposed Stage 2 upgrade option.

Current cost estimate: $226 million (will be refined during the business case development).