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
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.
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.
A fantastic initiative by Sunshine Coast Water Angels! 💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦
3 hours from our beautiful home here on the Sunshine Coast Stanthorpe is facing the worst drought in known history.
Rachel and Anna are the driving force behind Sunshine Coast Water Angels. Originating from South-East Qld Rachel and Anna are blessed to call the Sunshine Coast our home and also see that they are also blessed to live with no shortage of water.
On their Sunshine Coast Water Angels Facebook Page, Rachel and Anna point out “We can turn a tap on and not worry, do a load of washing without a second thought, wash our hair as many times as we like in a week, take long relaxing baths. This is our reality…..sadly though it is far from the reality of our southeastern country cousins. They are experiencing the worst drought in history.”
“Stanthorpe is a 3.5-hour drive from here. If you drove out there it would feel as far from here as the moon. The complete contrast of their lifestyle to ours (at present) is incomprehensible. The emotional drain on these families in insurmountable. It will take generations to heal from the damage this drought has caused farming families.”
“There are schools that are running out of drinking water for students and some schools don’t even have enough water to flush the toilets. Imagine that…… it’s hard to, isn’t it?”
“Here we are with so much and just 3.5 hrs down the road a whole community of more than 10 thousand people will run out of water by December. That’s their reality. While we are thinking of Christmas and what to eat for Christmas Day lunch, they will be running out of water.”
Rachel and Anna are seeking your support but they are not asking for money, they are asking for WATER in 600ml BOTTLES.
On Saturday, September 7 from 2 pm to 5 pm Sunshine Coast Water Angels Rachel and Anna will be at Chancellor State College – Sippy Downs Drive Near the new Chancellor Building on the Youi side of the college for those community members who can drop off slabs of water bottles for Stanthorpe
If you’re looking for a great day out with the kids this summer, the Maroochy Botanic Gardens in Tanawha offers an exciting program of holiday workshops just for children kicking off tomorrow the 15th of Jan through to Fri the 18th.
Join local artists and educators to learn all about the curious creatures of the Sunshine Coast these school holidays.
Registration is essential, and spots will fill up fast so be sure to visit the website and book your spot today: https://buff.ly/2E9ZgF0
Header Image courtesy of Lizzie Connor vis Eventbrite Listing
This event is by Sunshine Coast Council