Stockland has started preliminary works for a $19 million upgrade of the intersection of Nicklin Way and Lake Kawana Boulevard.
The crucial infrastructure project, which is being funded by Stockland, will improve traffic flow through the intersection and allow better access from Bokarina Beach to the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and future Oceanside Town Centre.
Mark McMahon, Senior Development Manager at Stockland, said roadworks were expected to be in full swing by the end of June and would include two new bridges on Nicklin Way with a pedestrian path underneath.
“We’ve been working closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Sunshine Coast Council as well as other authorities on the planning and design of this complex project and it’s exciting to see work finally beginning,” Mr McMahon said.
“This upgrade will not only benefit motorists who use Nicklin Way by providing better traffic flow through the intersection, but also pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Bokarina Beach and the wider Oceanside community.”
Construction will be carried out in stages and the roadworks are expected to take 18 months to complete. The project will include:
• Two new bridges on Nicklin Way with a pedestrian and cycle path underneath and the extension of Lake Kawana into the Bokarina Beach site;
• An additional south-bound lane through the intersection which will allow more traffic to pass through;
• A new signalised junction with Bokarina Boulevard at the intersection of Nicklin Way and Lake Kawana Boulevard to provide access to the Bokarina Beach site;
• An additional right-hand turn lane into Lake Kawana Boulevard to improve access to the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct;
• A new north-bound dedicated bus lane through the intersection and an indented bus stop on the south-bound lane just south of Beach Drive;
• New dedicated bicycle lanes and an upgraded pedestrian crossing.
Extensive traffic modelling for future traffic volumes was carried out as part of the planning and design process, with input from both the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Sunshine Coast Council.