Overview

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is planning for the future duplication of the Sunshine Motorway, between David Low Way at Pacific Paradise, to north of Yandina-Coolum Road at Coolum.

To accommodate future growth, planning has investigated doubling the motorway's capacity from 2 to 4 lanes, as well as other upgrades.

TMR sought feedback from the community in late 2021 to better understand local interests and seek suggestions for future improvements along this important link. More than 600 items of feedback were received that were used to inform a preferred option for the project.

The preferred option achieves a number of strategic objectives and responds to community feedback on key themes including:

  • improved safety
  • eased congestion
  • better active transport provisions
  • upgrades to existing interchanges
  • requests for new interchanges.

TMR is now seeking further feedback from the community on the preferred option.

Consultation closes 26 February 2023.

The preferred option

The preferred option includes a grade separated interchange at the Yandina-Coolum Road roundabout that will separate motorway traffic from east and west bound movements. It also includes potential south-facing ramps at West Coolum Road.

Improvements at the Yandina-Coolum Road, School Road and South Coolum Road intersection include upgrading to traffic signals with pedestrian crossings.

Expand the image below to view the sections of the project area and features across the link. More detailed information about each section is included in the tabs below.

Click on each of the tabs to learn more about key features in each section.

Section 1

Section 1: David Low Way to Finland Road

This section travels underneath the existing North Shore Connection Road overpass. Key features include:

  • increased motorway capacity from 2 to 4 lanes
  • a new active transport pathway adjacent to the motorway with connections to local roads and scenic trails.

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Section 1 planning layout

Section 1 planning layout

Section 2

Section 2: Finland Road to West Coolum Road

Key features include:

  • the motorway crossing the Maroochy River where a second bridge will be constructed to accommodate the additional 2 lanes. The new bridge will include an active transport path
  • potential south-facing ramps at West Coolum Road
  • increased motorway capacity from 2 to 4 lanes
  • a new active transport pathway adjacent to the motorway with connections to local roads and scenic trails.

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Section 2 planning layout

Section 2 planning layout

Section 3

Section 3: West Coolum Road to Yandina-Coolum Road

Key features include:

  • a potential grade separated interchange at the Yandina-Coolum Road roundabout to separate motorway traffic from east and west bound movements and help ease congestion and improve safety
  • a new alignment for Yandina Coolum Road from the roundabout heading west to provide a more direct and safer route. The existing section of Yandina-Coolum Road that runs parallel to the motorway will be blocked off while still providing access to the industrial area on Corbould Road
  • increased motorway capacity from 2 to 4 lanes
  • a new active transport pathway adjacent to the motorway with connections to local roads and scenic trails.

The upgrade to the Yandina-Coolum Road, School Road, and South Coolum Road intersection includes:

  • a signalisation with pedestrian crossings
  • an active transport path that travels alongside Barns Lane and onto Coolum State School.

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Section 3 planning layout

Section 3 planning layout

Have your say

The community is now invited to provide feedback by completing the online survey below. Your feedback will be used to inform future planning and design stages for the project.

Consultation closes 26 February 2023.