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North Coast region

The North Coast District covers an area of 10,539km2, or around 0.6% of Queensland and is home to around 17.18% of Queensland’s population. This area extends from Cooroy in the north to Fernvale in the south and from Bribie Island in the east to west of Esk. North Coast is known for its coastline full of beaches and bustling coastal towns, whilst the hinterland is famous for its fresh produce and gourmet dining. The region looks after 1368km of state-controlled road and 129km of the National Land Transport Network.

Regional facts

North Coast district map 
North Coast district Qld 
Area covered

10,539km2

Population of Queensland

17.18%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au (retrieved 16 May 2019)

1,368km

State-controlled roads**

129km

National Land Transport Network**

921,320

Vehicle and machinery inspections

58

Boating infrastructures

3

Community safety events held

16,073

Vehicle safety inspections completed

406

Bridges*

20,218

Drivers licence tests conducted

451,026

Customer face-to-face interaction

448

Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2019
Data source: **A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 2019

Highlights

  • Completed $2 million of safety improvements on D’Aguilar Highway between Caboolture and Kilcoy.
  • Completed $2.3 million1 of safety improvements at the intersection of Beerburrum Road and Pumicestone Road.
  • Completed $22 million2 of construction of an additional northbound lane on Nicklin Way between Main Drive and Waterview Street, as part of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital access improvements.
  • Continued the $33 million installation of barriers on various section of the Bruce Highway (Brisbane – Gympie).
  • Completed the $170,000 widening and repairs of the Thurecht Parade boat ramp at Scarborough.
  • Completed the $250,000 maintenance dredging of the Bellara boat ramp at Bribie Island.
  • Continued the $812.95 million widening the Bruce Highway, from 4 to 6 lanes, between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway including upgrades to interchanges at Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway.
  • Continued the $8 million3 safety improvement packages as part of the Caboolture Connection Road Route Safety Strategy accelerated works.
  • Continued the detailed design and commenced preconstruction activities for the $301.25 million Maroochydore and Mons Roads interchange upgrade project.

Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

Major construction is well underway on the $812.95 million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM).

The project will upgrade the Bruce Highway to 6 lanes, including a major upgrade to the Sunshine Motorway interchange and reconfiguring the Caloundra Road interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), which will improve safety and importantly, will significantly reduce the environmental impact to the Beerwah State Forest. Construction for the first bridge piles for the DDI commenced in March 2018 with all 58 concrete girders in place by June 2019.

The DDI is an emerging interchange design in Australia, allowing right-turning traffic and through traffic to move through the interchange simultaneously, easing congestion, significantly reducing delays and improving safety. Once completed, motorists will move seamlessly to cross over from the left carriageway to the right side, and then back again, with traffic movements controlled by synchronised signals at each end.

The first of 2 one-way bridges are due to open to traffic towards the end of 2019 and the DDI will be fully operational later in 2020, when both bridges are constructed and operating in conjunction with new on and off-ramps at the interchange.

A new service road will also be constructed for local traffic on the western side of the Bruce Highway between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive. This will separate long distance Bruce Highway traffic from local traffic movements, allowing the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor.

TMR worked with the local Indigenous community and businesses to provide employment opportunities as part of the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project, that complies with the Queensland Charter for Local Content.

The $812.95 million CR2SM project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government (80:20). Staged construction continues to roll out across the project site with construction scheduled for completion in late-2020.

Aerial view of the caloundra road interchange

Aerial view of the Caloundra Road interchange.

Nambour-Bli Bli Road upgrade

The upgrade of Nambour-Bli Bli Road has commenced with works to involve pavement rehabilitation, widening at key locations and the repair and replacement of some of the culverts.

A total of $2.3 million has been invested for the upgrade aimed at improving safety and accessibility for road users.

The Nambour–Bli Bli Road upgrade will also include a section of the road east of the Bruce Highway being rebuilt and realigned. Works will be undertaken to correct the shape of the road and the geometry, as well as the installation of a new surface to improve safety. Works are scheduled to be completed by mid-2020.

Nambour Connection Road upgrade

The $6.89 million Nambour Connection Road upgrade was completed in August 2018.

The pavement rehabilitation and resurfacing works took place along a 4.5km section of the road between Panorama Drive at Nambour and Ferntree Creek Road at Kulangoor.

The upgrade works incorporated the main street in Nambour and subsequently, the many motorists that frequent this busy area now enjoy the benefits of an improved road surface and smoother driving conditions.

Works commenced in April 2018 and were completed in 4 months.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The department has completed $3.1 million in construction projects to improve the safety and access along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, or BVRT, is a recreational trail that follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail corridor from Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich, to Yarraman, west of Kilcoy.

At 161km, the rail trail is Australia’s longest and provides walkers, cyclists and horse riders with a unique opportunity to experience the diverse rural landscape of the Brisbane Valley.

Grass hill with bridge on wooden supports

The recently completed heritage listed Lockyer Creek Railway bridge.

Since 2016, the department has been responsible for completing the BVRT. TMR continues to make improvements to the BVRT to enhance its user experience.

In July 2018, the last remaining section between Moore and Toogoolawah was completed, with the project being co-funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Somerset Regional Council.

In January 2019, refurbishment of the heritage listed Lockyer Creek Railway bridge was completed. The bridge, located between Lowood and Coominya, is now open for use by trail users.

TMR is the state agency responsible for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the BVRT in conjunction with Ipswich City Council, Somerset, South Burnett and Toowoomba Regional Councils, and the Ambassadors of the BVRT.

TMR has also installed distance markers along the corridor to improve user safety and is currently finalising a 5-year Strategic Plan to guide future investment and management decisions for the BVRT.

For more information: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

New bus service for Little Mountain residents

In March 2019, to support the increased development and population growth in the Priority Development Area of Caloundra South, TMR introduced a new dedicated service connecting this growing area to the Caloundra CBD. This new service provides customers with:

  • increased span of operating hours
  • increased service coverage
  • improved reliability, network connection and ease of use
  • reduced travel time.

The community of Baringa now has access to more than 200 weekly bus services with 10 new bus stops providing better access to services through Baringa and Caloundra West, making it easier for customers to catch public transport.

At the same time as the introduction of the new route 606, TMR made changes to the existing route 603 to provide greater reliability for customers and to provide a dedicated service to the area of Little Mountain.

Investing in public transport service improvements encourages a more sustainable transport system by providing alternatives to private car use and reducing vehicle emissions.

Translink bus at bus stop

New bus service – Baringa route 606 with 200 weekly trips plus new weekend service for Little Mountain residents.

Early childhood road safety education

As part of the Community Road Safety Grants Scheme, the department provided funding to a kindergarten south of Redcliffe to educate children about road safety.

Florence Kindergarten in Margate, focused on early childhood learners (3–5-year-olds) and their families to share the road safety message with classroom resources, communication with parents, community events, and the provision of resources to the local library to extend the reach and impact of the early childhood road safety education initiative.

For more information Community Road Safety Grants

Sunshine Coast University Hospital access improvements

Construction on the latest package of works to improve access to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) at Birtinya was completed in March 2019.

A number of works packages were prioritised and endorsed by an interagency Queensland Government taskforce. A total of $22 million was allocated for works on Kawana Way, Caloundra–Mooloolaba Road, locally known as Kawana Way Link Road and Nicklin Way.

The works improved the traffic capacity of Nicklin Way, between Main Drive and Waterview Street, and provided a new connection to Kawana Way via Production Avenue. Works provided an additional northbound lane on Nicklin Way and improved intersection performance and pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Nicklin Way intersections at Main Drive/Wyanda Drive, Production Avenue and Waterview Street/Minkara Street were upgraded, introducing new traffic signals at Production Avenue to improve safety and efficiency. Production Avenue was extended to provide an additional left-out access to Kawana Way. This new intersection will distribute traffic more evenly and, in turn, ease congestion at existing intersections. The upgrade complements work already completed at 4 Kawana Way roundabouts and the Kawana Way Link Road intersection with Kawana Way, near Woodlands Boulevard.

A ute waiting to merge into traffic using the new intersection

The completed Production Avenue access to Kawana Way (facing south) as part of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital access upgrade works.

In addition, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), including CCTV cameras, will be installed at the upgrade locations allowing the network to be monitored and signals adjusted for optimisation as required. The ITS will also aid in incident management around the SCUH and support works delivered to date. ITS is used to improve traffic efficiency by minimising traffic problems and providing users with real- time information about issues such as traffic conditions. This additional ITS work is expected to be completed by mid-2020.

Beerburrum Road and Pumicestone Road intersection

Construction of the $2.4 million Beerburrum Road and Pumicestone Road intersection upgrade project was completed in April 2019, providing safety upgrades for motorists at one of Caboolture’s busiest intersections.

In direct response to local development growth and an increase in road users across the Caboolture region, this intersection has been improved with the provision of fully controlled right-turn movements, and capacity improvements through construction of dual right-turn lanes into Pumicestone Road.

The upgrade also included the following:

  • relocating the northbound Pumicestone Road railway pedestrian crossing
  • realigning and improving the road surface and footpaths
  • reshaping and relocating traffic islands, and
  • removal of existing drainage and effective erosion and sediment controls to protect the waterway to Lagoon Creek.

These safety improvements will reduce the number of crashes at the intersection caused by motorists trying to find gaps in traffic while attempting a right turn, while also supporting the site’s environmental needs.

This project was funded under the Queensland Government’s Targeted Road Safety Program, which aims to improve road safety and focuses on implementing high-benefit, costeffective solutions to prevent traffic crashes and incidents on Queensland roads.

Future priorities

  • Commence construction works on the $1.88 million new floating walkway at Uhlmann Road, Burpengary.
  • Complete the $31.9 million installation of barriers on various sections of the Bruce Highway (Brisbane – Gympie).
  • Complete design and commence construction for the $10.4 million Lawnton park ‘n’ ride upgrade.
  • Continue the $9.9 million public transport enhancements around major urban developments across the district.
  • Continue detailed design on the $662.5 million4 project to widen the Bruce Highway from 4 to 6 lanes between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163).
  • Continue widening the $812.95 million Bruce Highway, from 4 to 6 lanes, between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, including upgrades at Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway.
  • Commence the $10.4 million intersection signalisation on Caboolture-Bribie Island Road at Old Toorbul Point Road.
  • Continue $28.8 million3 intersection improvements on Burpengary-Caboolture Road and Beerburrum Road.
  • Continue $30 million preconstruction activities for an upgrade of the Petrie roundabout intersection on Redcliffe Road.
  • Continue $8 million3 intersection improvements as part of the Caboolture Connection Road Route Safety Strategy accelerated works.

References

  • 1 Funded through the Queensland Government’s Safer Roads Sooner Program, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program.
  • 2 Funded through the Queensland Government’s Priority Economic Works and Productivity Program, as part of the State Infrastructure Fund.
  • 3 Funded through the Queensland Government’s High Risk Roads Program, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program.
  • 4 Final scope of works is subject to further planning.