Work is commencing to extend the Bells Creek Arterial Road to the Bruce Highway.
In October 2020, the Queensland Government announced 50% capital funding ($35m) to extend and complete Bells Creek Arterial Road, which is being matched by Stockland dollar-for-dollar.
This investment brings forward the construction of Bells Creek Arterial Road to the Bruce Highway as part of the Queensland Government’s drive to create more jobs on the Sunshine Coast and to manage population growth.
The project will generate about 300 new local jobs per annum, and 500 indirect jobs per annum.
Currently, Bells Creek Arterial Road (the Arterial) extends approximately 3 km from the Caloundra Road and Kawana Way roundabout into Aura, servicing the communities of Baringa and Nirimba.
Project scope and benefits
The $70m project will deliver 8km of new Arterial road and 2kms of Council roads, including a partial upgrade on Bells Creek Road. The extension of the Arterial is illustrated on page 2.
When built, the Arterial will provide convenient access to and from the Bruce Highway and reduce travel time by 5 minutes in each direction.
The Arterial extension is expected to take 2 years to construct and is anticipated to open in late 2022, subject to weather and construction progress.
The construction contract has been awarded to Shadforth’s Civil Pty Ltd (Shadforth’s), an experienced local civil contractor with a strong record of employing Sunshine Coast locals.
The initial phases of works are focused around the bridge crossings of Bells Creek North and Bells Creek South within the Aura project site. Preliminary works have commenced, with construction activity anticipated to ramp-up in early 2021.
The Arterial will extend from Aura Boulevard roundabout at the entry to Baringa and Nirimba. At this location, the earth mound will be removed to allow the connection of the future road to the south.
A pedestrian overpass will also be constructed adjacent to the existing roundabout for safe crossing for local residents over the Arterial.
Bells Creek Road section, Bells Creek
Bells Creek Road at Bells Creek will be partially realigned (~1km) to connect to a new roundabout on the new Arterial (the new roundabout will be similar in size to the roundabout at Aura Boulevard).
During construction, there will be speed restrictions along Bells Creek Road, however the road will remain open at all times for vehicle use. Further details regarding changes to Bells Creek Road traffic conditions will be provided closer to commencement of works.
Work hours and more information
Normal construction hours will be from 7.00am - 06.00pm Monday to Friday and 07.00am - 04.00pm on Saturday.
There will be no work on Sundays or public holidays, including the public holidays over
the Christmas-New Year period.
Regular work updates will be provided by Shadforth’s, who are contactable on:
PH: 1800 950 574