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.
The Sunshine Coast Council has reached the final stages of a development plan that aims to improve the park network around the Sippy Downs region.
Having recently undergone a period of public review and feedback, The Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan is set to be finalised and adopted by the council in August – September 2018.
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said the Sunshine Coast Council plan was being implemented to counter previous issues that came to light when Chancellor Park was approved by the courts 15 years ago.
“The developer got away with a lot of things like not building local parks and delivering things that really are substandard,” Cr Dickson said.
“My idea at the recent election was to do a parks plan for Sippy Downs so people can actually look at their unique, individual parks and [give their] comment.
“So instead of us just walking in and putting in a new swing or a water bubbler, we actually went to the community and asked them in 2016 what they would like to see.”
Cr Dickson emphasised that community concern surrounding the future upgrade to Claymore Rd was being addressed after residents were concerned that a new development could disrupt traffic flow.
“People are raising concerns about us putting a lot of activity and car parking on that road,” he said.
“So we’ve actually looked to withdraw that and actually take a lot of those embellishments away.”
Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) president Matthew Druce said that while communication had been present, it had been exclusive in a variety of ways.
“From a consultation perspective, the process meets engagement expectations,” Mr Druce said.
“Despite this, there was limited community engagement which would statistically suggest that the current draft plan meets the expectations of the majority of those who have participated however may not meet the expectations of the vast majority of locals who have not.”
While concerned with the level of engagement, Mr Druce said that the plan was “an extremely valuable project” and that the transition to the current process was “a definite win for the community.”