Good afternoon to all,
Christmas has come early for Sippy Downs, with the $12.2 million fourth and final stage of the Sippy Downs Drive project completed a week ahead of schedule.
The upgrade delivers a safer experience for all road users, improves the traffic flow and makes navigating this essential transport corridor easier, especially during peak school drop-offs and pick-ups.
The project initially commenced construction in September 2018 and was completed during this week after the Alexander Street intersection signals were commissioned on Tuesday night, this is one week ahead of the forecasted completion.
There has been some great feedback about the improved travel times along Sippy Downs Drive and University Way and the local schools, University and businesses will also see benefits.
Sippy Downs Drive Stage 4 upgrade included:
- The duplication of traffic lanes in both directions along Sippy Downs Drive to enable four lanes of traffic (two each way)
- Changing the existing roundabout at University Way/Sippy Downs Drive to become a four-way signalised intersection
- Creating a new four-way signalised intersection at Sippy Downs Drive Service Road/Sippy Downs Drive/Alexander Street
- Upgrading the Sippy Downs Service Road to work with the new signalised intersection including the re-alignment of the centre and western exits and adjusting the eastern entry/exit to be a one-way entry and cul-de-sac
- Relocation of public utilities
- New street lighting
- Increasing the number and density of trees in the landscaped buffer between the Sippy Downs Service Road and Sippy Downs Drive (staged project).
In addition, Council has partnered with University of the Sunshine Coast students and the local community to create a stunning entry statement set to be constructed and unveiled in early 2020. The entry statement will be located at the corner of Sippy Downs Drive and University Way and will define the gateway to Sippy Downs and the town centre precinct.
To this end, I want to personally thank everyone for their patience over the years. Together we have seen the delivery of 4 lanes all the way from the Police station on Claymore road all the way through to Siena Catholic College and now the main entry into University Way.
It is important to note that whilst these upgrades have improved traffic in the area, the long term effectiveness of the project is being limited by the delivery of the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) upgrade. These works are quite obvious as you come out of University Way heading towards Tanawha or Brisbane.
In terms of greenery, the new trees and plants will grow in time and bring similar outcomes like we have all down the rest of Sippy Downs Drive that have grown over the years. We just need a little patience, time and of course, rain!
I have included some photos below.
Image 1: Sippy Downs Drive Stage 4 Completed Works
Image 2: Sippy Downs Drive Stage 4 Completed Works
Image 3: Sippy Downs Drive Before Photo
Image 4: Sippy Downs Drive After Photo
Image 5: Sippy Downs Drive Before Photo
Image 6: Sippy Downs Drive After Photo
Image 7: Sippy Downs Drive Before Photo
Image 8: Sippy Downs Drive After Photo
Please find attached my latest community newsletter which will begin to arrive in letterboxes right across Division 6 over the next few weeks.
This continues many years of keeping residents informed on things happening in our local area. In fact, I believe it is important to stay in touch with locals each and every day.
If you haven’t yet done so, you are invited to join me on Facebook by searching “Cr Christian Dickson”. You’re able to utilise this page for regular community information. Many choose to stop by when they need to or simply stay up to date by clicking “follow”.
This afternoon I did a site tour of the $12.4M Sippy Downs Drive upgrade project to see how things are progressing.
Over the next few weeks you will see a lot happen in this space with the traffic lights being turned on before Christmas this year.
Works over the next few weeks include:
– Completion of Sippy Downs Drive bitumen seal.
– Line marking and cycle lanes.
– Opening of one lane in each direction on either side of the road.
– More trees and landscaping.
– The lights activated by Christmas and full commissioning of the four lane upgrade.
I am really excited to see another major infrastructure project being completed in our area and I am thankful to be your local community councillor serving you in Division 6.
Road Reseal – Narranda Place and Rakumba Place, Mountain Creek
Tuesday 15th till Friday 18th October 2019
Sunshine Coast Council has contracted Allens Asphalt Pty Ltd to undertake the resurfacing of the above local roads.
Restricted on-street parking will be in place between the hours of 7am and 5pm. Please be advised that parking vehicles on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path, dividing strip or a nature strip may result in a parking infringement being issued in accordance with the Council’s Local Laws.
Due to the nature of these works, vehicle movement in the area will be restricted when works commence. In most cases, properties will only be inaccessible for a maximum of 15 minutes. If required, immediate access to your property by emergency vehicles will be arranged. Local traffic will be able to access their properties during working hours as indicated above and traffic management measures will be in place to ensure safe conditions for all pedestrians and motorists. The final phase of works to be conducted, includes the reinstatement of road surface line marking and signage. These activities may be conducted outside of normal business hours in the interests of reducing traffic congestion.
Road safety is critical to Council’s operations and we ask you to please drive safely and cautiously whilst these works are underway. All motorists are urged to slow down and give road workers plenty of space. Council apologises for any resulting inconvenience and assures you that every attempt will be made to minimise disruptions. However, we suggest you plan and allow more travelling time during these works. We appreciate your cooperation and patience while works are underway.
This project forms part of Council’s $20.2M Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program for this financial year and our commitment to providing and maintaining the necessary infrastructure to service the needs of the Sunshine Coast region. Council provides the delivery of safe, efficient and high quality services to ensure the long term sustainability and value of community assets.
For further information, please visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or contact Council on (07) 5475 7272 or 1300 007 272
Good afternoon all,
I am pleased to announce that a new pedestrian refuge, footpaths and lighting improvements have been delivered over the school holidays and are ready to use on Stringybark Road at Buderim.
These upgrades were requested by local mums and dads and it has been a pleasure work with them on identifying what we could do to make the area safer.
After visiting the area this morning I was pleased to see students utilising the refuge to get to school in a much safer manner than they have in the past.
These types of upgrades are essential and show money well spent when using ratepayer funds in our local area.
I’d also like to recognise Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford for going 50/50 with me on the project.
Good morning all,
Although the weather was quite average, I stopped in and checked on the delivery of the new pedestrian signalised crossing lights that are being delivered on Sippy Downs Drive.
The aim has been to address concerns by locals to provide greater safety and access to the police station and service hub near the University and Chancellor College.
These works are being done on the school holidays to reduce the impact on traffic in the area.
Actions always speak louder than words and the safety of children in the precinct is something I will always make a priority.
I would like to thank parents at the school and officers at the police station for raising the safety concerns and also the service hub businesses and council for their financial contributions in the delivery of the project.
Be safe out there in the wet.