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18th February 2021

Works will begin next week on the Palaszczuk Government’s Nambour Connection Road intersection upgrade, supporting Queensland’s economic recovery plan for jobs and infrastructure in the region.

Part of a four-year, $50 billion infrastructure guarantee by the Palaszczuk Government, Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton said the government would partner with council and bring works forward to improve access onto Nambour Connection Road from Erbacher Road.

The works were originally scheduled to begin mid-2021.

“Because our community continues to manage the health impacts of COVID-19, the Palaszczuk Government is able to get on with the job of creating jobs and better roads for the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Skelton said.

“Projects like this add to our record $4.5 billion roads and transport program in the region including major Bruce Highway upgrades like the $335 million Maroochydore and Mons roads interchanges upgrade.

"Over the past few years, there has been a developing trend of rear-end type crashes as vehicles turn left out of Erbacher Road. "Part of the reason is motorists have a restricted viewing angle when observing northbound traffic on Nambour Connection Road and attempting to enter."

Mr Skelton said the project would address the crash trend. “Realigning the left-out slip lane onto Nambour Connection Road will reinforce the give way conditions, and improve visibility for motorists,” he said.

“This will make it easier to see northbound traffic and safely turn into Nambour Connection Road from Erbacher Road.

"The project includes pavement removal and construction to accommodate the left-turn lane realignment, installing new lighting, improving underground drainage, amending signs and line marking, and minor vegetation clearing to increase visibility.”

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said council was proud to partner with the Queensland Government to deliver essential road safety improvements.

“With Sunshine Coast Council now putting the finishing touches on the adjacent new Nambour Connection Road pathway, this upgrade will provide another boost for all road users in this busy part of our hinterland,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“These works are a great example of what can be achieved when our two levels of government work together for the community.

“As outlined in the Sunshine Coast Integrated Transport Strategy, council is working with both government and the private sector to ensure there is a ‘one network’ approach to transport planning, delivery and management of an integrated transport system.

“I thank everyone for their patience while council contractors deliver these works.”

Construction is scheduled to start in February, weather and construction schedule permitting.

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