Traffic changes will be introduced on Nicklin Way on Wednesday 6 September making way for major construction to start as part of a $19 million upgrade.
Department of Transport and Main Roads North Coast District Director Leah McKenzie said northbound traffic would shift to a temporary side road, and southbound traffic would be shifted west at times, allowing the next phase of the major upgrade to ramp up.
“The temporary side road on the western side of Nicklin Way between the Lake Kawana Boulevard and Meridan Street intersections has been constructed to divert traffic off Nicklin Way whilst the upgrade is undertaken,” Ms McKenzie said.
“The upgrade of the Nicklin Way/Lake Kawana Boulevard intersection is part of the infrastructure requirements for Stockland’s new Bokarina Beach community.”
The 400 metre temporary side road will enable construction works to be carried out on Nicklin Way whilst minimising the impact on local traffic.
“For the safety of road workers and motorists, all traffic travelling northbound along Nicklin Way will be diverted onto the temporary side road. Southbound traffic will be diverted to the lanes normally used for northbound travel,” Ms McKenzie said.
“Traffic control measures and a reduced speed limit of 40km/h will be in place along this short section whilst the roadworks are underway,” she said.
“I would like to thank the Sunshine Coast community in advance for their patience whilst this important upgrade is delivered. It is anticipated works will be complete in late 2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.
“Bokarina Beach is expected to welcome approximately 2,500 new residents. This upgrade will increase the capacity of the surrounding road network to keep infrastructure in step with the new development,” Ms McKenzie said.
“The upgrade is being fully funded by Stockland and it will improve the capacity and efficiency of Nicklin Way as well as improve local connectivity.”
Stockland Regional Manager for the Sunshine Coast Ben Simpson welcomed the important milestone for the Nicklin Way/Lake Kawana Boulevard intersection upgrade.
“This project is essential for the creation of our new Bokarina Beach community and once completed, it will improve traffic flow and provide residents with quick connections to the wider Oceanside community, including the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and future Birtinya Town Centre,” Mr Simpson said.
“It will also allow easy access for visitors from around the region and further afield wanting to take advantage of the fantastic new facilities and amenities being planned for our beachside community.”
Mr Simpson said the project remained on track to be completed by the end of 2018.
“The project also includes the construction of two new bridge crossings on Nicklin Way, with a pedestrian and cycle path underneath, and the extension of Lake Kawana into the Bokarina Beach community so that it spans both sides of Nicklin Way,” Mr Simpson said.
“This will provide pedestrians and cyclists will a scenic route linking with kilometres of existing pathways throughout Oceanside, and kayakers will be able to paddle right into the heart of Bokarina Beach.”
For up-to-date information on road works, road closures and road conditions visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.
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